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Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson

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Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson:
Acting Surgeon General of the
United States Public Health Service

by Seymour “Sy” Brody

Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., is the acting Surgeon General of th United States and the operational commander of the United States Public Health Service Commission Corps as of 2007. Prior to this appointment, he served as Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration.

The duties of the Surgeon General are:
■ To protect and advance the health of the Nation through educating the public; advocating for effective disease prevention and health promotion programs and activities; and, provide a highly recognized symbol of national commitment to protecting and improving the public's health;
■ To articulate scientifically based health policy analysis and advice to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the full range of critical public health, medical, and health system issues facing the Nation;
■ To provide leadership in promoting special Departmental health initiatives, e.g., tobacco and HIV prevention efforts, with other governmental and non-governmental entities, both domestically and internationally;
■ To administer the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps, which is a uniquely expert, diverse, flexible, and committed career force of public health professionals who can respond to both current and long-term health needs of the Nation;
■ To provide leadership and management oversight for PHS Commissioned Corps involvement in Departmental emergency preparedness and response activities;
■ To elevate the quality of public health practice in the professional disciplines through the advancement of appropriate standards and research priorities; and
■ To fulfill statutory and customary Departmental representational functions on a wide variety of Federal boards and governing bodies of non-Federal health organizations, including the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the National Library of Medicine, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and the American Medical Association.
Galson entered Stony Brook University and received his Baccalaureate
Degree from Stony Brook University, in 1978. He then went to Mt. Sinai
School of Medicine and received his Medical Degree, in1983. He went to
the Harvard School of Public Health and received his M.P.H. He
became Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine, Public Health
and Occupational Medicine.

RADM Galson has received many Public Health Service awards and
honors which include:
 Outstanding Service Medal for his leadership and management of CDER during a time of national crisis
 Secretary of Energy Gold Awards
 A member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation
 A member of the National Board of Medical Examiners
 He is a reviewer for many medical journals

RADM Galson is married to Dr. Jessie Wolfe and they have three children.


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