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 WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala today announced the appointment of David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., to be director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
 Satcher, 52, who has headed Meharry since 1982, is one of the nation's preeminent experts on minority and community health issues. He will assume his new duties later this year. In his new position, he will also administer the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, which is also a component of the U.S. Public Health Service within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
 "David Satcher brings world-class professional stature, management skills, integrity and preventive health-care experience to his new role," Shalala said.
 "President Clinton has directed this administration to place special emphasis on disease prevention, and we can think of no better person to lead our prevention efforts than David Satcher," Shalala said.
 HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Philip R. Lee, M.D., head of the Public Health Service, also expressed his pleasure at Satcher's appointment to the public health team. "Dr. Satcher is a world leader in medicine and public health. His vision of public health for the 21st century will enhance the `health' in health care reform."
 Satcher greatly strengthened Meharry's academic and financial status during his tenure. He led fund raising efforts for the historically black medical college and formed links with Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville.
 He recently carried forward the merger of Meharry's Hubbard Hospital and the Nashville General Hospital. Under his leadership Meharry established an Institute on Health Care for the Poor and Underserved in 1989.
 Satcher was born in Anniston, Ala. He received his bachelor of science degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1963 and his M.D. and Ph.D. in cytogenetics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1970. He did his residency training in the joint medicine- pediatric program at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester in New York. At Morehouse he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and at Case Western Reserve to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
 Throughout his professional career, Satcher has worked in institutions concerned primarily with the health of American minorities, gaining broad experience in preventive medicine. He has conducted basic, clinical and health services research. His interests include medical genetics (with a focus on sickle cell disease), hypertension, geriatrics and cancer.
 From 1979 through 1982, Satcher was professor and chairman of the department of community medicine and family practice, School of Medicine, Morehouse College. Before that he was an interim dean at the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School in Los Angeles and was professor and chairman of the department of family medicine. From 1974 to 1979 he was director of the King-Drew Sickle Cell Center in Los Angeles. From 1975 to 1979 he was also medical director of the Second Baptist Free Clinic in Los Angeles.
 Satcher has been on several HHS advisory councils and has been serving as chairman of the Council of Graduate Medical Education. He has been principal investigator on several major grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration and the National Science Foundation.
 In 1986, Satcher was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a member of the boards of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Student National Medical Association Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the President's Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
 CDC -- with a fiscal year 1993 budget of $2.0 billion -- provides leadership in controlling and preventing disease and injury in the United States. Its centers work with state and local health departments and other partners to monitor health, conduct research to enhance prevention, implement prevention strategies, promote healthy behaviors and foster safe and healthy environments. CDC is one of eight Public Health Service agencies within HHS.
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