Mostly because he went off erroneously at Michael Moore in what I remember as two amateur policy analysts being unable to either get their facts straight or explain what was important, Sanjay Gupta’s floated appointment as surgeon general has got the left in a tizzy. And I agree that a neurosurgeon is not exactly who I’d go to for information about public health. But part of the amusement/confusion is that via a now contrite Merril Goozner, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta was confused with another Sanjay Gupta who was a big time recipient of drug company funding.
But does any of this this matter? I know that the rumor is that he’ll have input into health reform, but then again so does anyone who went to a Daschle house party. And if this position is so important, answer me this: who is the current Surgeon General and what notable thing has he or she done?
I knew you couldn’t do it sans Google….
If you really care, Val Jones has recently interviewed the last but one surgeon-general Richard Carmona. In your piece of trivia for today Carmona knows about Health 2.0, or at least is on the board of Healthline.
Anyway we may not have enough general surgeons according to their trade group, but why should the head of public health for the nation be a surgeon. Shouldn’t they be an epidemiologist? And why are they a general? Don’t we waste enough money on the military as it is?