Kenneth P. Moritsugu

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Kenneth P. Moritsugu
RADM Kenneth P. Moritsugu, USPHSCC.jpg
Surgeon General of the United States
In office
February 13, 2002 – August 4, 2002
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byDavid Satcher
Succeeded byRichard Carmona
In office
August 1, 2006 – September 30, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byRichard Carmona
Succeeded bySteven K. Galson (acting)
Personal details
Born (1945-03-05) March 5, 1945 (age 74)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Hawaii, (BS)
George Washington University, (MD)
University of California, Berkeley, (MPH)

Kenneth P. Moritsugu (born March 5, 1945) is an American physician and public health administrator.

Mortisugu was a rear admiral in the USPHSCC, who retired in September 2007 as acting United States Surgeon General. A third-generation Japanese-American, he was appointed the Deputy Surgeon General on October 1, 1998 and named acting Surgeon General on July 31, 2006.

Moritsugu received his bachelor's degree in 1967 from the University of Hawaii, his M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1971, and a Master of Public Health (Health Administration and Planning ) from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 1975.

He was the first Asian-American Surgeon General of the US.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Moritsugu has received awards and decorations from the USPHS, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the United States Army, the Department of Defense and the United States Coast Guard. Among them are:[1][2]

Gold star
Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal
Federal Bureau of Prisons Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Medal)
Gold star
Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal
Federal Bureau of Prisons Meritorious Service Medal (Silver Medal)
Gold star
Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal
Gold star
Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal
Gold star
Public Health Service Commendation Medal
Public Health Service Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
PHSCC FMRB.png Field Medical Readiness Badge
USPHSCC Deputy Surgeon General Badge.png Deputy Surgeon General Badge
Office of HHS ID Badge.png Department of Health and Human Services Identification Badge


  1. ^ "Congressional Record, Volume 153 Issue 132 (Friday, September 7, 2007)". Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ Ansho Mas Uchima; Minoru Shinmoto (20 January 2007). "Rear Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu". Hokubei Mainichi. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-01-17.

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