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Previous Surgeons General

The first Supervising Surgeon of the Marine Hospital Service was appointed in 1871. This position became Supervising Surgeon General in 1873 and Surgeon General in 1902. The Marine Hospital System was the precursor of the U.S. Public Health Service. Fifteen men and two women have served in the office. Biographical information about each Surgeon General can be viewed by selecting the respective picture or text below.

 


John M. Woodworth, 1871-1879
John M. Woodworth
1871-1879


John B. Hamilton, 1879-1891
John B. Hamilton
1879-1891


Walter Wyman, 1891-1911
Walter Wyman
1891-1911


Rupert Blue, 1912-1920
Rupert Blue
1912-1920


Hugh S. Cumming, 1920-1936
Hugh S. Cumming
1920-1936


Thomas Parran, 1936-1948
Thomas Parran, Jr.
1936-1948

Leonard A. Scheele, 1948-1956
Leonard A. Scheele
1948-1956


Leroy E. Burney, 1956-1961
Leroy E.Burney
1956-1961


Luther L. Terry, 1961-1965
Luther L. Terry
1961-1965


William H. Stewart, 1965-1969
William H. Stewart
1965-1969


Jesse L. Steinfeld, 1969-1973
Jesse L. Steinfeld
1969-1973


Julius B. Richmond, 1977-1981
Julius B. Richmond
1977-1981


C. Everett Koop, 1981-1989
C. Everett Koop
1982-1989


Antonia C. Novella, 1990-1993
Antonia C. Novello
1990-1993


M. Jocelyn Elders, 1993-1994
M. Joycelyn Elders
1993-1994


David Satcher, 1998-2002
David Satcher
1998-2002


Richard H. Carmona 2002-2006
Richard H. Carmona
2002-2006


Regina M. Benjamin
Regina M. Benjamin
2009-2013


Vivek H. Murthy
Vivek H. Murthy
2014-2017