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-Ms DeRoy-Graf Visiting Professor in Honors for the fall term.
As surgeon general in 198189, 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 governments 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 Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia in 194881.
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 bachelors degree from Dartmouth.
His talk is sponsored by the LS&A Honors Program. For more information, call 764-6274.