[Congressional Record Volume 153, Number 132 (Friday, September 7, 2007)] [Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1842-E1843] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PAYING TRIBUTE TO RADM KENNETH P. MORITSUGU ______ HON. JON C. PORTER of nevada in the house of representatives Friday, September 7, 2007 Mr. PORTER. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor RADM Kenneth P. Moritsugu, who has served as the Acting Surgeon General since 2006, and congratulate him upon his retirement. Prior to this appointment, he served as Deputy Surgeon General, the principal assistant and advisor to the Surgeon General, which he was appointed on October 1, 1998. He had been a career officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service since 1968 and began his service as an Assistant Surgeon General beginning in 1988. Dr. Moritsugu was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. He received his baccalaureate degree with honors in classical languages from the University of Hawaii in 1967, an M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1971, and an M.P.H. in health administration and planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975. Having completed residencies in internal medicine and in preventive medicine, Dr. Moritsugu is Board Certified in preventive medicine. He holds Fellowships in the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Health, and the Royal Society of Medicine. He is also a Certified Correctional Health Professional. Throughout his career, Admiral Moritsugu has served in many diverse assignments including: Medical Officer on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Taney; Chief of International Medical Education Programs; Director of the National Health Service Corps; and Medical Director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Prisons. Admiral Moritsugu has been the Federal representative to numerous national health care agencies and has been consultant to several international organizations and governments and served as the official U.S. representative to the 75th anniversary of the Pan American Health Board in Havana, Cuba. Dr. Moritsugu has received numerous honors and awards, including the Surgeon General's Medallion, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal, among many others. He was deemed an Honorary Deputy United States Marshal by the U.S. Marshals Service, and received the Director's Special Achievement Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2003, Rear Admiral Moritsugu was named Health Leader of the Year by the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service. He was awarded with the first William B. Miller Award from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, a recipient of the John D. Chase Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and a Special Achievement Award from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Admiral Moritsugu has received honorary doctor of science degrees from the University of New England, Midwestern University of Chicago, and the University of North Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1997, the American Academy of Physician Assistants deemed him an honorary Lifetime Member; additionally, in 2002, he has been granted honorary doctorates of humane letters from Alliant International University and from Western University of Health Sciences. As an educator, he is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School, and an adjunct associate professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He has spoken and written extensively in many diverse areas, including health professions education, international health, HIV, and most recently bioterrorism. In his official capacity, Admiral Moritsugu has been a dedicated advocate for organ and tissue donation and transportation. He has been an active participant in the Donor Family Recognition Programs in Washington, DC, as a key speaker at numerous local and national programs. In his private capacity, he has been a member of several boards of directors, including the Washington Regional Transplant [[Page E1843]] Consortium; several boards of trustees, including the National Kidney Foundation; and on the National Advisory Board for MOTTEP. As an additional service to his community he is an active volunteer of the Transplant Recipients International Organization. Madam Speaker, I am proud to honor RADM Kenneth P. Moritsugu for his dedication and commitment to his profession, and commend him upon his retirement from serving as Acting Surgeon General. I applaud all of his hard work and wish him the best.