Surgeons General of the
Public Health Service

Name Date of Office
John Maynard Woodworth April 1871 - Mar. 14, 18791
John Hamilton Apr. 3, 1879 - May 31, 18912
Walter Wyman June 1, 1891 - Nov. 21, 19113
Rupert Blue Jan. 13, 1912 - Mar. 1, 19204
Hugh Smith Cumming Mar. 3, 1920 - Jan. 31, 19365
Thomas Parran Apr. 6, 1936 - Apr. 5, 1948
Leonard A. Scheele Apr. 6, 1948 - Aug. 2, 1956
Leroy E. Burney Aug. 8, 1956 - Jan. 29, 1961
Luther L. Terry Mar. 24, 1961 - Oct. 1, 1965
William H. Stewart Oct. 2, 1965 - Aug. 1, 1969
Jesse L. Steinfeld Dec. 18, 1969 - Jan. 20, 1973
Julius B. Richmond July 13, 1977 - Jan. 20, 1981
C. Everett Koop Nov. 16, 1981 - Oct. 1, 1989
Antonia Novello Mar. 9, 1989
1 Served as supervising surgeon of the Marine Hospital Service until Mar. 3, 1875, when his title was changed to supervising Surgeon General.
2 Surgeon General, Marine Hospital Service.
3Surgeon General, Marine Hospital Service, and Surgeon General, Public Health and Marine Hospital Service (After July 1, 1902)
4 Surgeon General, Public Health and Marine Hospital Service, and Surgeon General, PHS (after Aug. 14, 1912)
5 Surgeon General, PHS.