Dr. Sanjay Gupta Pulls Out of Race for Surgeon GeneralMarch 6th, 2009 - 9:27 pm ICT by GD
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, practicing neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent has pulled out from being considered for Surgeon General, making way for several other candidates to come up in the race. Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for
Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University now holds a good chance at being Surgeon General. The Obama transition team had approached Dr. Gupta for the job and the then President- elect Barack Obama had convened with him at Chicago. Dr. Gupta had been under “serioous consideration” a per the administration officials.
Dr. Gupta withdrew on account of his wife’s pregnancy and wants to spend more time with Rebecca Olson Gupta while continuing his service as a practitioner and CNN correspondent.
He also appears on the “CBS Evening News” and Time magazine columns. Dr. Gupta has published a book about the search for immortality in 2007 and is paid for speaking assignments.
The Surgeon General is the head of the United States Public Health Service Corps, but the position of the titular chief had been on the downslide for decades until Dr. C. Everett Koop took over. His fight against cigarette smoking won the office of the Surgeon General nationwide credibility and a fresh lease of life. After Dr. Koop more surgeons generals with low staff and relatively low-kye profiles have tried to replicate his success but with mixed results.
Dr. Rcihard Carmona, surgeon general from 2002 through 2006 had caused controversy when he testified before the Congress in 2007 that he had been forced to trumpet administration priorities by the Bush government.
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