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Charles Everett Koop

educator , Surgeon

C. KOOP, American surgeon. Medal (British Association; Award of the Dominican Repub; Award 1975; Medal 1983; Award 1986; Award 1990. Association Mil. Surgeons.


KOOP, C. was born on October 14, 1916 in New York, United States. Son of J. Everett Koop and Helen Apel.


AB, Dartmouth College, 1937. Doctor of Science (honorary), Dartmouth College, 1989. Doctor of Medicine, Cornell University, 1941.

Doctor of Science in Medicine, University Pennsylvania, 1947. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Pennsylvania, 1990. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Eastern Baptist College, 1960.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Philadelphia College Osteopathic Medicine, 1979. Doctor of Laws (honorary), LaSalle College, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Colby-Sawyer College, 1988.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Princeton University, 1989. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Hahnemann University, 1989. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Miami, 1991.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Cincinnati, 1991. Doctor of Medicine (honorary), University Liverpool, England, 1968. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Wheaton College, 1973.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Philadelphia Theological Seminary, 1980. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Chicago Medical School, 1988. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Brown University, 1990.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Gwynedd Mercy College, 1978. Doctor of Science (honorary), Washington and Jefferson College, 1979. Doctor of Science (honorary), Marquette University, 1983.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Eastern Michigan University, 1985. Doctor of Science (honorary), New York Medical College, 1985. Doctor of Science (honorary), Ball State University, 1987.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Kirskville College Osteopathic Medical, 1988. Doctor of Science (honorary), Albany Medical College, 1988. Doctor of Science (honorary), Colby College, 1988.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Yeshiva University, 1988. Doctor of Science (honorary), Philadelphia College Pharmacy and Science, 1988. Doctor of Science (honorary), Baylor College Medicine, 1988.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Massachusetts, Boston, 1989. Doctor of Science (honorary), Brandeis University, 1990. Doctor of Science (honorary), Northwestern University, 1990.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University New England, 1991. D. Public Service (honorary), George Washington University, 1991. Department of Public Health, Cedar Crest College, 1995.

Doctor in Humanities, Southern Utah University, 1997. Doctor of Laws, Medical College Pennsylvania, 1997.


Intern Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, 1941-1942. Fellow in surgery University Pennsylvania Hospital, 1942-1947. Fellow in pediatrics surgery Children's Hospital, Boston, 1946.

Surgeon-in-chief Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1948-1981. With University Pennsylvania School Medicine, 1942-1985, professor, 1959-1985. Former deputy assistant secretary for health Department of Health and Human Services.

Surgical general of the United States United States Department Health & Human Services, 1981-1989. Former director international health United States Public Health Service, from 1982. Chair Safe Kids National Campaign, Washington.

Director Elizabeth De Camp McInery professor surgery C. Everett Koop Institute Dartmouth-Hitchkock Medical Center, Hanover, New Hampshire, since 1993. Consultant United States Navy, 1964—1981. Senior scholar C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth.

Director Ready to Learn Program Carnegie Foundation, 1993—1995. McEnerny professor surgery Dartmouth Medical School.


  • Diplomate American Board Surgery, National Board Medical Examiners.


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  • Other Work

    • Visible and Palpable Lesions in Children, The Right to Live, The Right to Die, 1976, The Right to Live, The Right to Die, review edition, 1980, Smoking: The New Book of Knowledge, 1989. Author: (with E. Koop) ) Sometimes Mountains Move, 1979. Author: (with F. A. Schaeffer) ) Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, 1979.Author: Koop: The Memoirs of America's Family Doctor, 1991. Author: (with T. Johnson) ) Let's Talk, 1992. Editor: surgery section Journal Clinical Pediatrics, 1961-1964.Member editorial board: Zeitschrift fur Kinderchirurgie and Grenzqebiete, 1964-1981, editor-in-chief: Journal Pediatric Surgery, 1965-1977, editorial consultant: Japanese Journal Pediatric Surgery and Medicine, 1970-1981, chairman editorial board: Public Health Services Reports, 1982-1989, member editorial advisory board: Tobacco Control: An International Journal. Contributor publications in surgical physiology, biomedical ethics, physiology of surgical neonate, technical advances in pediatric surgery.


Board directors, president National Health Museum Inc. Board directors, chairman science advisory committee Biopure. Chairman Patient Medical Education, 1993—1996, Patient Medical Record, Inc., since 1997.

Board directors Medical Assistance Programs, Inc., Brunswick, Georgia, Friends The National Library of Medicine. Fellow: American College of Surgeons, American Academy Pediatrics (William E. Ladd Gold medal), Royal College Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (honorary), Royal College Surgeons England (honorary). Member: American Medical Association, Societé Suisse De Chirurgie Infantile, Deutschen Gesselschaft für Kinderchirugi, Societé Française de Chirurgie Infantile, Association Military Surgeons United States (president 1982, 1987, Founders medal), International Society Surgery, British Association Pediatric Surgeons (Dennis Browne Gold medal), Society University Surgeons, Royal Society Medicine, American Surgical Association, Sigma Xi.


  • Other Interests

    Lapidary art.


Married Elizabeth Flanagan, September 19, 1938. Children: Allen van Benschoten, Norman Apel, David Charles Everett, Elizabeth.

John Everett Koop

Helen (Apel) Koop

Elizabeth Flanagan

Allen van Benschoten Koop

Norman Apel Koop

David Charles Everett Koop

Elizabeth Koop