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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 1999

U.S. Surgeon General to speak at
Wright State Medical School Graduation

DAYTON, OHIO -- U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher will deliver the commencement address at Wright State University School of Medicine's graduation at Memorial Hall on Friday, June 11. The event culminates a year-long celebration of Wright State School of Medicine's 25th anniversary.
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., is the 16th Surgeon General of the United Stares, and only the second to hold simultaneously the position of Assistant Secretary of Health. Prior to these appointments, he served four years as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, where he spearheaded initiatives that markedly increased childhood immunizations nationwide.

Satcher was president of Meharry Medical College, one of the nation's renowned historically black colleges and universities, from 1982 to 1993. He served previously as professor and chair of the Department of Community Medicine and Family Practice at Morehouse School of Medicine. "We are proud that Dr. Satcher can come to Dayton to join us for our 25th anniversary celebration," says Howard Part, M.D., dean of medicine at Wright State. "With his distinguished career in medical education and public health, and his commitment to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the nation, Dr. Satcher is an inspirational role model for Wright State's graduating physicians."

Wright State University School of Medicine has celebrated its 25th year of service in the Miami Valley region throughout the 1998-99 academic year. Since 1973, the School of Medicine has built partnerships throughout the region to bring innovative medical education, biomedical research, and health care services to the Miami Valley.

A community-based medical school, Wright State has formal affiliations with 8 teaching hospitals and 20 other health care institutions. Its commitment to collaboration has made an impact on the health of communities throughout the region.

The class of 1999 is the 20th class of M.D.'s to graduate from Wright State. Sixty of the 96 graduates (63 percent) will enter primary care residencies in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Since 1980, when the charter class completed medical school, Wright State has graduated 1,559 M.D.'s.