Mark Twain said:
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. "
It is a rare opportunity to meet a pioneer of a given field. Dr. Koop has pioneered multiple fields over his prolific career. He is credited with the groundbreaking of the field of pediatric surgery. He was promoted to the position of Surgeon in Chief of Children's hospital in Pennsylvania (served for decades). In March of 1981 he moved from academia to public service, later that year he was sworn in as the 13th Surgeon General of the United States. He championed efforts to educate the nation regarding an emerging threat called AIDS. While in office he redefined the role of Surgeon general through his active commitment to the health of the nation. He has received many awards for his contributions including 35 honorary doctorate degrees, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an Emmy. He remains active in the public health scene having authored over 200 articles and books. He is committed to the future of medicine, and serves as an inspiration for many. He presently serves as the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professor, Senior Scholar of the Koop Institute, and is a member of the Dartmouth College Class of '37.
- Amish Parashar
Last Updated: 9/17/08