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About the Office of the Surgeon General

As the Nation’s Doctor, the Surgeon General provides Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce their risk of illness and injury. 
The Surgeon General brings the best available scientific information to the public by issuing Surgeon General’s Advisories, Calls to Action, and Reports on critical issues and communicating directly with the public via a number of communication channels.
As Vice Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the Surgeon General oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS), an elite group of over 6,000 uniformed officers working throughout the federal government whose mission is to protect, promote, and advance the health of our nation.
The Surgeon General is nominated by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and serves a four-year term of office. The Office of the Surgeon General is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

OSG - Mission


As the Nation’s Doctor, the Surgeon General is charged with protecting and improving the health and safety of the American people.

OSG - Leadership


The Surgeon General translates his vision for a healthy America by motivating and guiding public health officials on urgent public problems such as the opioid and e-cigarette epidemics.

OSG - History


The Surgeon General has been the nation’s leading spokesperson on matters of public health since 1871. Learn more about the current and past surgeon generals.

OSG - Newsroom


Read the latest news, reports, and advisories from the Surgeon General.

OSG - Careers


Explore career opportunities and be part of the team that works alongside the U.S. Surgeon General.

OSG - Contact Us

Contact Us

Find out where to address inquiries to the Surgeon General and arrange for him to speak at your event.
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Content last reviewed on May 14, 2019