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The Surgeons General of the U.S. Army and Their Predecessors*

 
     

NAME

BORN - DIED

SERVED AS SURGEON GENERAL

     

Benjamin Church

24 Aug 1724 - 1776

27 July 1775 - 17 Oct 1775

John Morgan

10 June 1735 - 15 Oct 1789

17 Oct 1775 - 09 Jan 1777

William Shippen, Jr.

21 Oct 1736 - 11 July 1808

11 Apr 1777 - 3 Jan 1781

John Cochran

1 Aug 1730 - 6 Apr 1807

17 Jan 1781 - 3 Nov 1783

Richard Allison

1757 - 22 Mar 1816

1792-1796

James Craik

1730-6 Feb 1814

19 July 1798 - 15 June 1800

James Tilton

1 June 1745 - 14 May 1822

11 June 1813 - 15 June 1815

Joseph Lovell

22 Dec 1788 - 17 Oct 1836

18 Apr 1818 - 17 Oct 1836

Thomas Lawson

29 Aug 1789 - 15 May 1861

30 Nov 1836 - 15 May 1861

Clement A. Finley

11 May 1797 - 8 Sept 1879

15 May 1861 - 14 Apr 1862

William A. Hammond

28 Aug 1828 - 5 Jan 1900

25 April 1862 - 18 Aug 1864

Joseph K. Barnes

21 July 1817 - 5 April 1883

22 Aug 1864 - 30 June 1882

Charles H. Crane

19 July 1825 - 10 Oct 1883

3 July 1882 - 10 Oct 1883

Robert Murray

6 Aug 1823 - 1 Jan 1913

28 Nov 1883 - 6 Aug 1886

John Moore

16 Aug 1826 - 18 March 1907

18 Nov 1886 - 6 Aug 1890

Jedediah H. Baxter

11 March 1837 - 4 Dec 1890

16 Aug - 4 Dec 1890

Charles Sutherland

29 May 1829 - 10 May 1895

23 Dec 1890 - 29 May 1893

George M. Sternberg

8 June 1838 - 3 Nov 1915

30 May 1893 - 8 June 1902

William H. Forwood

7 Aug 1838 - 11 May 1915

8 June - 7 Sept 1902

Robert M. O'Reilly

14 Jan 1845 - 3 Nov 1912

7 Sept 1902 - 14 Jan 1909

George H. Torney

1 June 1850 - 27 Dec 1913

14 Jan 1909 - 27 Dec 1913

William C. Gorgas

3 Oct 1854 - 4 July 1920

16 Jan 1914 - 3 Oct 1918

Merritte W. Ireland

31 May 1867 - 5 July 1952

5 Oct 1918 - 31 May 1931

Robert U. Patterson

16 July 1877 - 5 Dec 1950

1 June 1931 - 31 May 1935

Charles R. Reynolds

28 July 1877 - 2 Dec 1961

1 June 1935 - 31 May 1939

James C. Magee

23 Jan 1883 - 15 Oct 1975

1 June 1939 - 31 May 1943

Norman T. Kirk

3 Jan 1888 - 13 Aug 1960

1 June 1943 - 31 May 1947

Raymond W. Bliss

12 May 1888 - 12 Dec 1965

1 June 1947 - 31 May 1951

George E. Armstrong

4 Aug 1900 - 9 June 1979

1 June 1951 - 31 May 1955

Silas B. Hays

18 Feb 1902 - 24 July 1964

1 June 1955 - 31 May 1959

Leonard D. Heaton

18 Nov 1902 - 10 Sept 1983

1 June 1959 - 30 Sept 1969

Hal B.Jennings, Jr.

26 Aug 1915- 12 Feb 2008

1 Oct 1969 - 30 Sept 1973

Richard R. Taylor

21 Nov 1922 - 8 Nov 1978

1 Oct 1973 - 30 Sept 1977

Charles C. Pixley

8 Aug 1923 - 31 Dec 2005

1 Oct 1977 - 30 Sept 1981

Bernhard T. Mittemeyer

 

1 Oct 1981 - 31 Jan 1985

Quinn H. Becker

 

1 Feb 1985 - 31 May 1988

Frank F. Ledford, Jr.

 

1 June 1988-30 June 1992

Alcide M. LaNoue

 

1 Oct 1994 - 1 Oct 1996

Ronald R. Blanck

 

1 Oct 1996 - 30 June 2000

James B. Peake

 

22 Sept 2000 - 8 July 2004

Kevin C. Kiley

 

1 Oct 2004 - 11 March 2007

Eric B. Schoomaker

 

12 Dec 2007- 5 Dec 2011

Patricia D. Horoho external link (opens in new browser window)

 

5 Dec 2011 - Present

*The permanent position of The Surgeon General was not created until April 1818 along with the Medical Department as one of the three first permanent staff departments. For more information on the early Army Medical Department see The Army Medical Department 1775 - 1818 by Mary C. Gillett.