Top U.S. Health Official Eyes LSU Medical Post
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DR. WILLIAM FRYE DR. WILLIAM H. STEWART Top U.S. Health Official Eves LSU Medical Post By MARGARET MARTIN Times Medical Writer Dr. William Frye of New Orleans, chancellor of Louisiana State University Medical Center, plans to retire by the end of this fiscal year and the surgeon-gen-eral of the United States has been offered the position, The Times learned yesterday. Dr. William H. Stewart, sur-geon- general of the U.S. Public Health Service in Washington, D.C, told The Times in a telephone interview yesterday that he is considering the chancellorship as well as other positions which he has been offered. He was appointed to his present position by former Pres-ident Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 and the term expires Oct. 1. The surgeon-general said that he will meet with the LSU Medical Center Committee Satur-day in New Orleans. The com-mittee is made up of administra-tive officials who are interview-ing people eligible for the job. Dr. Stewart will be in Shreve-port today to confer with Dr. Edgar Hull, dean of the LSU Medical School in Shreveport and members of Dr. Hull's staff. He will give a speech in New Orleans tomorrow on "compre-hensive health care." and will I meet with the medical school committee in New Orleans Satur-day. If he accepts the position as chancellor, Dr. Stewart will become head of his alma mater. He graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans in 1945 where he served as student body president and president of Phi Xi medical fraternity. He also at-tended LSU's Baton Rouge cam-pus in 1941 and 1942 and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity. Dr. Stewart was a resident in, pediatrics at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and was engaged in private practice in Alexandria before joining the health service in 1951. He is married to the former Glendora White of Minden, an LSU graduate in education. A baby doctor who turned to heart specialty, Dr. Stewart was the 10th man to hold the title as : head of the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Stewart had a hand in fashioning some of the Johnson administration's health legisla-tive programs before his appoint-ment. His pipe-smoking habit was noted at the time of his appointment because the public health service was involved in the beginning of the big contro-versy over whether smoking is a health hazard. Dr. Stewart said he took up pipe smoking while an intern in 1945-46 at Philadelphia General Hospital. He has never been a cigarette smoker and only rarely smokes cigars. The public health o f f i c i a l joined the service in 1951 and was first assigned to the office of surgeon-general some six years later. It was during the 1957-58 emergency program to supply a new vaccine to combat an Asian flu outbreak that he did what he refers to as "first sergeant chores" in ramrodding that program. Several Top Positions Before appointment to his present position, Dr. Stewart was director of the National Heart Institute for the National Insti-tutes of Health He has also served as assistant to the surgeon-general, and assistant director of the National Heart Institute. Dr. Stewart has worked as chief of the Heart Disease Control Program for the Bureau of State Services, Division of Special Health Services and was head of the Epidemiology Unit, Thomasville Field Station, Com-municable Disease Center, Tho-masville, Ga., and for the Grants and Training Branch of the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Institutes. He is a native of Minneapolis, Minn., and attended the Univer-sity of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1946 to 1948 and as a physician in the Veterans Admin-istration Outpatient Clinic, St. Paul. Minn.
|Title||Top U.S. Health Official Eyes LSU Medical Post|
Frye, William W.
Stewart, William H., 1921-2008
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