David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D. FAAFP, FACPM, FACP (born 2 March 1941) is an American physician, and public heath administrator. He was a four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and served as the tenth Assistant Secretary for Health, and the sixteenth Surgeon General of the United States.
Satcher was born in Anniston, Alabama. At the age of two, he contracted whooping cough. A black doctor, Jackson, came to his parents' farm, and told his parents he didn't expect David to live, but nonetheless spent the day with him, and told his parents how to give him the best chance he could. Satcher said that he grew up hearing that story, and that inspired him to be a doctor.
Satcher graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1963 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970 with election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed residency/fellowship training at the Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, UCLA School of Medicine, and Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American College of Physicians. Satcher is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.