Rear Admiral (Ret.) Kenneth P. Moritsugu Joins IGA as Distinguished Fellow

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Kenneth P. Moritsugu Joins IGA as Distinguished Fellow


New Brunswick, NJ – The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) is honored to welcome retired Rear Admiral Kenneth P. Moritsugu, former Surgeon General of the United States, as a Distinguished Fellow.

“We are privileged to have Rear Admiral Moritsugu, an extraordinary global health leader, join the IGA,” said Edmund Janniger, the IGA’s President and Chairman. “Rear Admiral Moritsugu will undoubtedly bring unparalleled insight and expertise to the institute.”

Rear Admiral Moritsugu served as the Surgeon General of the United States, in 2002 and again from July 2006 to September 2007. He was the operational commander of the 6,500 Commissioned Corps health professionals. A career officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) for 37 years, he served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States from 1998. In these roles, he was responsible for the development and issuance of twenty major documents from the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States. He retired from the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS in 2007.

Rear Admiral Moritsugu is Professor of Global Health at George Washington University, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Samurai Consulting, LLC, and serves on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Rear Admiral Moritsugu was formerly the Vice President for Global Professional Education and Strategic Relations for Johnson & Johnson’s Diabetes Solutions Companies, and the WorldWide Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institutes (JJDI).

Rear Admiral Moritsugu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After attending Chaminade College for two years, he received a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Classical Languages from the University of Hawaii in 1967, a Doctor of Medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1971, and a Master of Public Health in Health Administration and Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975.

Rear Admiral Moritsugu is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. He holds Fellowships in the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Public Health, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the National Academy of Public Administration.

The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions from national and international organizations, Rear Admiral Moritsugu has been granted twelve honorary degrees, and holds the Distinguished Service Medals from the US Public Health Service, the US Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He serves on the boards of ten non-profit organizations, and is the Grand Prior of the Grand Priory of America of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

About the Institute of Global Affairs

The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) is a membership organization and think tank based in the New York metropolitan area. A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation, the IGA is home to several centers and initiatives. Its mission is to improve understanding of the world by fostering dialogue on global affairs. The IGA also seeks to develop the next generation of decision-makers able to address pressing challenges.

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Justin Schulberg
Executive Vice President
Institute of Global Affairs 
contact@instituteofglobalaffairs; 973-936-8595

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