Surgeon General Luther Terry

50th Anniversary of the Smoking and Health Report

Mark your calendars for April 8 at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, MD.  Former Surgeons General David Satcher and Richard Carmona will attend Public Health Research @MD Day 2014 to discuss the role of the Surgeon General in improving health and to celebrate the anniversary of the Smoking and Health report.

In January of 1964, Surgeon General Luther Terry released the seminal report Smoking and Health.  The report launched what continues today as a global campaign to reduce the prevalence of smoking and prevent death and disability from smoking and tobacco use.

Capitol Visitor Center


Public Briefing: Value of the Commissioned Corps to American Health and Security
On November 21, the Foundation held a public briefing on the value of the USPHS Commissioned Corps to American health and security.  Hosting by Senator Kay Hagan (NC) at the Capitol Visitor Center, the briefing included Acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, retired Air Force colonel Mike Hayden of MOAA, Research Associate Professor Muhiuddin Haider of the University of Maryland, and freelance journalist David Tobenkin.

Speakers discussed what the Commissioned Corps does for the country, how officers accomplish their missions, and the future of the Corps.  Other topics included the cost of hiring officers, retirement benefits, and comparisons to the other uniformed services.  Click here for a press release.

2013 Anchor & Caduceus Dinner

The 2013 Anchor & Caduceus Dinner was a success! 17th US Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, delivered the C. Everett Koop Memorial lecture on May 21, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. His remarks linked the legacy of Dr. Koop to public health today.  Dr. Carmona's comments were well-received by the large audience.

Ben Shelly, President of the Navajo Nation, accepted an award for his work to create smoke-free casinos.  President Shelly's presence was the first time an elected leader of a sovereign nation attended the symposium.

RADM Sven Rodenbeck, USPHS, highlighted the 100th anniversary of the Engineer Category of the Commissioned Corps.

VADM Michael Cowan, USN (Ret.), 34th Surgeon General of the US Navy, presented Dr. Carmona with the 2012 AMSUS Lifetime Achievement Award.

The event was sponsored by the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health (COF) in partnership with the Coca-Cola Company, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, Alternate Health Decisions Foundation, Arizona for Drug Free Youth and Communities, Arizonans Concerned About Smoking, East Valley Arizona NAACP, National Association for Uniformed Services, Sirona Dental, Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education and Prevention Project, and the ViON Corporation.

2013 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

The 2013 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium, held in Arizona, was a success.  Attendance exceeded 1,000 and feedback from registrants was positive.  The symposium was the 48th annual conference for Commissioned Corps officers.


Make a Gift to the Foundation

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the foundation are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes. Donations to the foundation are recognized at the annual Public Health Symposium, in the Commissioned Officers Association newsletter (Frontline) and in the most recent annual report.

Event News

2013 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

Recent Events

Presentations and photo galleries from previous Symposia are available below:

2012 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium

2011 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium




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