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The Past and Future Office of the Surgeon GeneralThe Past and Future Office of the Surgeon General

David Satcher, MD, PhD
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 30 December 2014.

From the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

Disclosures: The author has disclosed no conflicts of interest. His form can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-1393.

Requests for Single Reprints: David Satcher, MD, PhD, Morehouse School of Medicine, 720 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA 30310; e-mail, dsatcher@msm.edu.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: D. Satcher.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: D. Satcher.

Drafting of the article: D. Satcher.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: D. Satcher.

Final approval of the article: D. Satcher.

Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(6):450-451. doi:10.7326/M14-1393
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Some argue that changes in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Public Health Service have diminished the power of the U.S. Surgeon General over the years. In this commentary, former Surgeon General David Satcher contends that the Office of the Surgeon General has actually gained credibility and influence with the American people as the reporting structure has evolved.

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