UR Medical Center Taps Former Surgeon General to Guide Project Believe

Faculty Appointment Underscores Medical Center's Commitment to Community Health

April 08, 2003

Dr. David Satcher, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, has accepted a two-year consultative role as Senior Advisor for Community Health at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Satcher also will have adjunct faculty appointments with the School of Medicine and Dentistry's Pediatrics and Community Health and Preventive Medicine departments.

Dr. Jay Stein, University of Rochester Medical Center CEO, says Dr. Satcher will provide an invaluable role as Project Believe expands its activities in the Rochester area. Through Project Believe, URMC has been directing the resources of its research, education and patient care teams to develop and implement creative health interventions that will help make Rochester the healthiest community in America by 2020.

"Dr. Satcher is one of the country's foremost authorities on community health, and is well-versed in the complex issues that must be confronted and solved to achieve our ambitious goal," Stein said. "As our Senior Advisor for Community Health, Dr. Satcher will bring strategic guidance and knowledge that will positively impact the health of our community.

"We are thrilled and honored that Dr. Satcher has accepted this position," Stein continued. "As you can imagine, Dr. Satcher had numerous opportunities awaiting him at the end of his Surgeon General's term, and the fact that he chose to devote some of his time to Project Believe is an endorsement of the community health mission of this University."

In February, Dr. Satcher completed his term as Surgeon General, and in September will become director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine (please see http://www.msm.edu/publicaffairs/newsreleases/satcherword.htm for more information). Currently, he is serving as the Senior Visiting Fellow of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where he is advising the Foundation on its programs and working on a book about his experiences as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States.

As the University's Senior Advisor for Community Health, Dr. Satcher is expected to visit the Rochester area several times annually, as well as represent the University's interests at select events he attends elsewhere throughout the year. Dr. Satcher will have an active role in plotting the future developments of Project Believe, providing strategic guidance on the planning and creation of specific health interventions. Through his adjunct faculty appointments, he will interact with the physicians of tomorrow, guest lecturing and participating in grand rounds. Dr. Satcher also will visit with community organizations and government officials to help address issues of access and disparity as they relate to healthcare.

Dr. Satcher is no stranger to Rochester. In 1972, he completed his residency program through the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and has been a frequent supporter of University efforts throughout the years. In fact, while Surgeon General, Dr. Satcher served as an ad-hoc advisor to Project Believe.

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