|Assistant Secretary for Health|
|Formation||November 2, 1965|
|First holder||Philip R. Lee|
The Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) serves as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services's primary advisor on matters involving the nation's public health and, if serving as an active member in the regular corps, is the highest ranking uniformed officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC). The ASH oversees all matters pertaining to the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), the main division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for the Secretary as well as provide strategic and policy direction for the PHSCC. The PHS comprises almost all the agency divisions of the HHS as well as the PHSCC, a uniformed service of more than 6,700 health professionals who serve at the HHS, other federal agencies, and/or are assigned details to the armed forces. The ASH is a civilian or a uniformed member of the regular corps and is nominated for appointment by the President. The nominee must also be confirmed by the Senate. The ASH serves a four-year term of office at the pleasure of the President. If the appointee is a serving member of the regular corps, he or she is also appointed as a four-star admiral in the regular corps.The President may also nominate a civilian appointee to also be appointed a direct commission into the regular corps if the nominee so chooses. As such the position of ASH is the only office in the PHS that merits a four-star grade in the regular corps. The Assistant Secretary's office and staff are known as the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). The current Assistant Secretary for Health is Admiral Brett Giroir.
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The United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), also known as the Health Department, is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Its motto is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America". Before the separate federal Department of Education was created in 1979, it was called the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).
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|#||Name||Photo||Term of office||Appointed by|
|1||Philip R. Lee||November 2, 1965||1969||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|2||Roger O. Egeberg||July 14, 1969||1971||Richard Nixon|
|3||Merlin K. DuVal||July 1, 1971||January 20, 1973|
|4||Charles C. Edwards||April 18, 1973||January 5, 1975|
|5||Dr. Theodore Cooper||July 1, 1975||1977|
|6||VADM Julius B. Richmond||1977||1981||Jimmy Carter|
|7||Edward N. Brandt, Jr.||May 14, 1981||1984||Ronald Reagan|
|8||Robert E. Windom||1986||1989|
|9||ADM James O. Mason||1989||1993||George H. W. Bush|
|10||Philip R. Lee||July 2, 1993||1998||Bill Clinton|
|11||ADM David Satcher||February 13, 1998||January 2001|
|12||Eve Slater||February 8, 2002||February 5, 2003||George W. Bush|
|(Acting)||RADM Cristina V. Beato||February 5, 2003||December 17, 2005|
|13||ADM John O. Agwunobi||December 17, 2005||September 4, 2007|
|14||ADM Joxel García||March 28, 2008||January 20, 2009|
|(Acting)||RADM Steven K. Galson||January 22, 2009||June 22, 2009||Barack Obama|
|15||Howard K. Koh||June 22, 2009||August 2014|
|(Acting)||Karen B. DeSalvo||August 2014||February 10, 2017|
|(Acting)||Don J. Wright||February 10, 2017||February 15, 2018||Donald Trump|
|16||ADM Brett P. Giroir||February 15, 2018||Incumbent|
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