David Satcher established The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine in 2006 as a natural extension of his experience in improving public health policy for all Americans and his commitment to eliminating health disparities for minorities, poor people, and other disadvantaged groups.
Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1998 as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, David served simultaneously in the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As such, he held the rare rank of full admiral in the U.S. Public Health Corps, to reflect his dual offices.
During his service as Surgeon General, David tackled issues that had not previously been addressed at the national level, including mental health, sexual health, and obesity–as well as the disparities that exist in health and health care access and quality for minorities.
Combining his experience as Surgeon General with his leadership as the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (1993-1998) provides David with the expertise, skills, and relationships necessary to build a private, not-for-profit institute that is poised to affect health policy on a national and global scale.
In addition to his governmental and academic credentials, David served as a fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation and as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and Macy Faculty Fellow. He is the recipient of over 30 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors.
David graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1963 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970 with election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his residency/fellowship training at Strong Memorial Hospital, the University of Rochester, UCLA and King/Drew. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and the American Psychiatric Association.
He not only is a champion of promoting health lifestyles, he is also an avid rower and enjoys tennis, gardening, and reading.
Born in Anniston, Alabama on March 2, 1941, David and his wife, Nola, a poet, reside in Atlanta, Georgia, and have four grown children and four grandchildren.