March 10, 2020

The Countrywide Library of Medicine (NLM) is honored to announce its acquisition of the papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Secretary of Overall health and Human Companies (HHS). This is the initially assortment of papers from a former HHS Secretary, obtained by the NLM and will be component of the archival collections of the world’s premier healthcare library and institute of the Countrywide Institutes of Overall health (NIH).

Louis W. Sullivan is an African American medical doctor who served as secretary of HHS from 1989-1993 and as dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) from 1975-1989 and from 1993-2002. The Countrywide Institute on Minority Overall health and Overall health Disparities at NIH was initially proven as an Workplace beneath the NIH Director through Secretary Sullivan in 1990 and was elevated to an Institute in 2010.

The Louis W. Sullivan Papers consist of Dr. Sullivan’s HHS chronological correspondence, motion/briefing information, every day calendars, speeches, information clippings, White Dwelling memorabilia, celebration pictures, and honorary levels and awards. The assortment paperwork Secretary Sullivan’s initiatives to educate the general public on the hazards of tobacco use, together with stopping the introduction of Uptown, a cigarette made for marketing and advertising to minority communities introduce new and enhanced foodstuff labels initiate a $100 million minority male well being and injury avoidance initiative and maximize the Countrywide Institutes of Overall health budget about $5 billion.

About his time as Secretary, Dr. Sullivan mentioned: “I am grateful for the option to have served as U.S. Secretary of Overall health and Human Companies, in the course of a major time to oversee the growth of its packages and contribute to the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of its management. This improved the department’s outreach to all People in america.”

Dr. Sullivan attained his undergraduate diploma from Morehouse College in 1954 and his healthcare diploma in 1958 from Boston College School of Medicine.

Right after keeping positions at Harvard Medical School, Seton Corridor College of Medicine, Boston College Medical Middle, and Boston Town Medical center, Dr. Sullivan returned to Morehouse College in 1975 to serve as dean and director of the Medical Education Program. Underneath his management, the Medical Education Program became unbiased from Morehouse College in 1981 and was renamed Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Dr. Sullivan served as president and dean of MSM prior to and subsequent his tenure as secretary of HHS. He was also chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Traditionally Black Schools and Universities from 2002-2009 and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006. 

Dr. Sullivan is chairman of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Overall health Professions and is the founding president of the Association of Minority Overall health Professions Educational institutions (AMHPS). He is the creator of The Morehouse Mystique: Getting to be a Health practitioner at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School (with Marybeth Gasman, 2012, Johns Hopkins College Press) and his autobiography Breaking Floor: My Everyday living in Medicine (with David Chanoff, 2014, College of Georgia Press).

The NLM Heritage of Medicine Division homes the papers of outstanding general public well being leaders, together with other officers of the U.S. Department of Overall health and Human Companies (and its predecessor the U.S. Department of Overall health, Education and Welfare), together with Faye Abdellah, Edward Brandt, Emery Johnson, and June Osborn the papers of NIH Directors Harold Varmus, Bernadine Healy, Donald Fredrickson, James A. Shannon, Robert Marston and the papers of Surgeons Normal Regina Benjamin, Jocelyn Elders, C. Everett Koop, Antonia Novello, Julius Richmond, and Luther Terry.

Info about Dr. Sullivan’s papers and the hundreds of other manuscript collections held by the NLM Heritage of Medicine Division is out there through NLM’s on the net getting aids, in-depth investigation guides to manuscript collections.

Louis W. Sullivan in his office

Secretary of Overall health and Human Companies
Louis W. Sullivan in his office environment

Louis Stokes with Louis Sullivan

Congressman Louis Stokes with Secretary
Louis W. Sullivan

President George HW Bush with Louis Sullivan

President George HW Bush with Louis Sullivan, December fifteen, 1998

Barbara Bush with Louis Sullivan

1st Girl Barbara Bush savoring a laugh with Secretary Louis Sullivan at a Head Start off celebration, January 23, 1990