The University Record, September 26, 1994

Koop will discuss health care ethics

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, now the chief moderator in the national health care debate, will discuss the ethical imperative for health care reform in a free, public lecture at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Rackham Building Auditorium.

Koop, who currently teaches at Dartmouth College, is the U-M’s DeRoy-Graf Visiting Professor in Honors for the fall term.

As surgeon general in 1981–89, he oversaw the 6,000-member U.S. Public Health Service, advising the public on such health issues as smoking, diet and nutrition, environmental health hazards, and the importance of immunization and disease prevention. He also became the government’s chief spokesman on AIDS.

Prior to his appointment as Surgeon General, Koop taught pediatric surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and served as surgeon-in-chief of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1948–81.

He has written more than 200 articles and books on the practice of medicine, biomedical ethics and health policy.

Koop received a doctor of science degree in medicine from Pennsylvania, a medical degree from Cornell and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth.

His talk is sponsored by the LS&A Honors Program. For more information, call 764-6274.