Lieutenant General (Dr.) Edgar Ratcliffe Anderson, Jr. received his MD from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. Following Internship at Philadelphia General Hospital where he was President of his Internship class, he entered the United States Air Force. Upon completion of the USAF Pilot Physician Program, he received the Flying Training Award, the Officer Training Award and the Commander’s Trophy as the top graduate. He subsequently was awarded the Orville Wright Award by the Order of Daedalians as the number one graduate of all Air Force Pilot Training of the Quarter.
Following successive assignments as a Pilot/Flight Surgeon and Hospital Commander, Dr. Anderson continued his medical education with residency training in Dermatology and a fellowship in Dermatologic Surgery. He has been certified by the American Boards of Family Practice, Dermatology and Preventive Medicine.
He was assigned as Command Surgeon, Pacific Air Forces in Honolulu with responsibility for all Air Force Medical Operations in that theater, and later was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned to Strategic Air Command in Omaha, again as Command Surgeon. In 1990, he was promoted to Major General and assigned as Commander of Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, the largest hospital in the Department of Defense at that time. He was later promoted to Lieutenant General and served as the USAF Surgeon General until his retirement in 1997. Dr. Anderson’s military decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and ten Air Medals. Citing his reputation for integrity, the AMA awarded Dr. Anderson its prestigious Dr. Nathan Davis Award as “The Outstanding Member of the Federal Executive Branch in Career Public Service” for 1996.
Following retirement, he served as Dean of Medicine at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, CEO of the American Medical Association and Professor of Medicine at Loyola University (Stritch) School of Medicine. He is currently President and Chairman, Veteran’s Health and serves on a number of boards.