Sanjay Gupta pulls out of US Surgeon General raceMarch 6th, 2009 - 12:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 6 (ANI): President Barack Obamas most favoured pick for Surgeon General, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, has withdrawn from being considered for the post.
Dr. Gupta, CNNs chief medical correspondent and a practicing neurosurgeon, had been approached by the Obama transition team and discussed the job with President-elect Barack Obama late last year in Chicago, the New York Times reported.
An Obama Administration official said that Dr. Gupta had been under serious consideration, and added: We know he will continue to serve and educate the public.
Several other candidates are now under serious consideration, including Dr. Irwin Redlener, the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, according to people who have been briefed on the situation.
Dr. Guptas wife, Rebecca Olson Gupta, is expecting a child, and he wants to spend more time with his family and continue practicing medicine and serving as a CNN correspondent.
Dr. Gupta presides over a small media empire that includes appearances on the CBS Evening News and columns in Time magazine.
He published a book about the search for immortality in 2007. He is paid for speaking engagements, a controversial practice for a journalist.
The status and authority of the surgeon general, the titular chief of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, has been waning for decades. (ANI)
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