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Over the past several days, Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher — who will be awarded the Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in Boston on May 9 (click here for information on getting FREE tickets to the event!) — has served as a go-to expert in matters related to the swine flu pandemic.

In Tuesday’s New York Times, Satcher — a former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — weighed in on the performance of Dr. Richard E. Besser, who is currently occupying that spot:

“I have been impressed with him,” said Dr. David Satcher, a former director of the disease control centers. “He has been very transparent about what they know and don’t know.”

Satcher also spoke about the pandemic in a speech on Tuesday at the AHA’s annual meeting, suggesting that “hospital leaders review their pandemic plans and monitor the CDC Web site for the latest developments.”

Perhaps Satcher will touch on swine flu in his keynote at ASF’s May 9 symposium on health disparities (after all, the majority of swine flu deaths thus far have come in areas of Mexico where adequate health care access is lacking).

To attend the May 9 symposium Satcher will lead (or the Longwood Symphony Orchestra concert that night at which Satcher will be awarded the Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism), contact Patrice Taddonio at ptaddoni@bidmc.harvard.edu.