The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently honored C. Everett Koop '37, Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School, with the David E. Rogers Award for his work and advocacy for pediatric health and early immunization and disease prevention. Koop is presently a Senior Scholar at the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth.
Koop served as Surgeon General from 1981 to 1989 and became a public crusader against nicotine addiction. He challenged America to become a "Smoke-Free Society by the Year 2000" and, in an unprecedented report, detailed the consequences of second-hand smoke. Koop also became the government's chief spokesperson on AIDS and served as the lead author of "Understanding AIDS," a public health brochure that was mailed to 107 million households.
Prior to his appointment as Surgeon General, Koop spent 40 years in academic medicine. He was Surgeon-in-Chief of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 39 years where he built the nation's first neonatal intensive care nursery.
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Last Updated: 5/30/08