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Health Care Hall of Fame

C. Everett Koop
Inducted in 1997

C. Everett Koop
1916-2013
Inducted in 1997


The former surgeon general of the U.S. during the Reagan administration and part of President George H.W. Bush’s administration, Koop emphasized the potential health problems associated with smoking, the importance of immunizations, disease prevention, diet and nutrition, and environmental hazards.

From 1948 until 1981, Koop served as surgeon-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery from 1964 to 1976, and was a longtime educator. The C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth University was created to promote health and well-being.

In 1998, two Michigan consultants recruited Koop to lend his name to a health information Web site. While quite popular in the beginning, as with many dot-com companies of that era, drkoop.com’s ad-based revenue model as well as investor lawsuits would eventually bring it down.

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