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sur·geon gen·er·al

(sŭr'jŏn jen'ĕr-ăl),
The chief medical officer in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, or Public Health Service. In some foreign military services, any member of the medical corps who has the rank of general, not necessarily the chief medical officer.

Surgeon General

n. pl. Surgeons General Abbr. SG
1. The chief medical officer in the US Public Health Service or in a state public health service.
2. The chief general officer in the medical departments of the US Army, Navy, or Air Force.

Surgeon General

A physician appointed by the US President and approved by the Senate who acts as a voice for public health issues. When the position was first created in the 1860s, the Surgeon General oversaw most of the civilian federal health institution, duties which now fall to the Assistant Director of Health and Human Services.
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Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, who served in the role from 1998 to 2002, said he could see how a state surgeon general post --filled by someone intimately familiar with a state's health challenges--could give states a health improvement advantage.
"The Surgeon General's Call to Action outlines achievable goals and strategies to support more Americans in making healthy choices about protecting their skin."
And then, in 1988, President Reagan asked the surgeon general to prove that abortion had dire health consequences.
"It is especially opportune to have the surgeon general speak to our graduates and our community at a time when the issue of quality and affordable health care continues to be a concern for many Americans."
"I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to be honored with the privilege to serve as your surgeon general, and to serve as your advocate for the health and the wellbeing of our Soldiers and their Families," he said.
In 1988 Ronald Reagan directed his surgeon general, C.
Army's decision to appoint Major General Gale Pollock, a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), as the Army's interim surgeon general. Major General Pollock is the first female nurse to serve as the Army's top medical officer; she retains her titles, including deputy surgeon general and Chief, Army Nurse Corps.
When a health topic needs special attention, the Surgeon General issues a call to action to the nation.
Richard Carmona, the man the president chose to be his Surgeon General in 2002.
A 1996 government report confirmed Kostrubala's findings; the report, Physical Activity and Health--A Report of the Surgeon General, documented that the mental and emotional benefits of physical activity help to reduce anxiety, symptoms of depression, and even improve mood--along with the proven physical benefits in rehabilitation.
As Surgeon General, he has three priorities: health problem prevention, improved health literacy, and elimination of health disparities.
Pregnant women and women who may become pregnant should abstain from alcohol consumption to prevent the effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, the Surgeon General has advised.