The Hon. Dr. Louis Wade Sullivan

Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services


Louis Wade Sullivan is an American physician and businessman. He served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President George H. W. Bush and founded the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Louis attended Atlanta public schools and then enrolled at Morehouse College. He graduated from there magna cum laude in 1954. He then went to Boston University Medical School, where he graduated in 1958. He did a residency at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
He, along with other Morehouse alumni, spearheaded the formation of Morehouse School of Medicine. In 1978, he was appointed as the dean and founding director of the medical school.  He married Eve Williamson, an attorney, on September 30, 1955. They have three children.  Sullivan is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

From 1989 through 1993, Dr. Sullivan was Secretary of Health and Human Services for President George H. W. Bush. In that position, he helped create President Bush's proposal for healthcare reform in the United States.

Beginning June 27, 2007, Dr. Sullivan embarked a nationwide campaign to discuss the consequences of "cost-over-care" health delivery. As one of the nation's leading public health policy experts, Dr. Sullivan advocates a "symphony of health care delivery," where each aspect of a given health plan is transparent and fully appreciated. He seeks to amend the current over-emphasis on one service area, such as cost, and create a symphonic system that focuses on other key elements.