Sharon Satterfield was born July 15, 1944, and passed away on September 15, 2012, in Charleston, West Virginia. Satterfield was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all friends and family. A memorial services were held in Charleston, West Virginia; Belfast, Maine; and Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
Satterfield served as Director of the Program in Human Sexuality from 1979 - 1986. She served at a critical time when PHS administratively moved from the Medical School Dean's Office to the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She brought many new innovations to the program and areas of focus. It was during her leadership that PHS focused on the issues of cardiac health and sexuality, family sexual abuse, and sexuality and religion. She greatly improved the size and scope of the clinical services at PHS. Most notably, she brought the transgender program from the Department of Psychiatry into the umbrella of sexual health services at the PHS.
She was extremely proud of her work serving the transgender community Satterfield championed support and acceptance of transgendered people on programs such as The Phil Donahue Show and 60 Minutes, as well as throughout her own community.
After leaving the University of Minnesota, she worked at Vermont State Hospital, Monadnock Family Services in Keene, New Hampshire, and as the Medical Director at Silver Spring Halfway House. Most recently she worked at Pen Bay Psychiatric / Mid Coast Mental Health in Belfast, Maine.
She recently celebrated her 50th high school reunion at South Charleston High School. She graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and completed her medical degree at University of Michigan Medical School in 1970.
Memorial website Never Gone: Sharon Satterfield, MD
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