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Sanjay Gupta Tapped By Obama As Next Surgeon Gen.  
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2449 times:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/...6/gupta.surgeon.general/index.html

"(CNN) -- The Obama transition team approached Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, about becoming U.S. surgeon general, according to sources inside the transition and at CNN.


The Obama administration approached CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta about becoming U.S. surgeon general

Gupta was in Chicago, Illinois, in November to meet with President-elect Barack Obama on the matter, sources said.

Gupta has declined comment."

Wow, great choice though. The people know this guy and has familiarity.

UAL

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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2444 times:

Gotta be better than Jocelyn Elders, she of "Got a problem? Jack off."

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2438 times:

Don't they usually pick someone from the military to become Surgeon General?

User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25412 posts, RR: 86
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2432 times:
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Quoting Dougloid (Reply 1):
"Got a problem? Jack off."

Pretty good advice, all the same. It takes your mind off the problem.  Smile

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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2374 times:



Quoting Dougloid (Reply 1):
Gotta be better than Jocelyn Elders, she of "Got a problem? Jack off."

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2):
Don't they usually pick someone from the military to become Surgeon General?

No... the uniform you see them wearing is a part of their position with the US Public Health Commision

[Edited 2009-01-06 15:37:06]


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User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4897 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

What's the whole point of the surgeon general? Glorified mother?


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2298 times:



Quoting EMBQA (Reply 5):
No... the uniform you see them wearing is a part of their position with the US Public Health Commision

 checkmark  The USPS Commissioned Corp is one of the seven Uniformed Services of the United States. The Surgeon General holds the rank of Vice Admiral. The uniforms worn by the Officers of the PHS are basically similar to US Navy officers with some distinctive variations (commissioning devices, buttons, and insignia).

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 6):
What's the whole point of the surgeon general?

In short: The Surgeon General functions under the direction of the Assistant Secretary for Health and operationally heads the 6,000-member Commissioned Corps of the USPHS. The Surgeon General also has many informal duties, such as educating the American public about health issues and advocating healthy lifestyle choices.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surgeon_General_of_the_United_States


User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 984 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2229 times:



Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
Wow, great choice though. The people know this guy and has familiarity.

Why do you say "great choice" other than you have heard of him? This pick sounds a lot more like picking a pretty face and a good speaker to woo the public than picking someone with the credentials to make public policy. Might as well pick someone from General Hospital.


User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

Does this mean that Lou Dobbs will be named as the new head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency since we're naming television personalities as politicians?  duck 


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User currently offlineMOBflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1209 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2181 times:



Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 9):
Does this mean that Lou Dobbs will be named as the new head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency since we're naming television personalities as politicians?   

My thoughts exactly... seems like Obama is being a bit superficial here if you ask me.


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1661 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2170 times:



Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 8):
This pick sounds a lot more like picking a pretty face and a good speaker to woo the public than picking someone with the credentials to make public policy

Hopefully you know his resume:

Undergrad: University of Michigan
M.D: University of Michigan

Residency: University of Michigan Health System/St. Lawrence Hospital

Currently: Associate Chief of Neurosurgery - Grady Memorial Hospital
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery - Emory University School of Medicine

Television Work:

Chief Medical Correspondent - CNN
Medical Contributor - CBS Evening News with Katie Couric
Anchor - House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta

I think his background speaks for itself. He has the medical knowledge required to become the Surgeon General, and he is comfortable in the media. He will be able to convey to the public the health issues in the country.



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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5077 posts, RR: 28
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2159 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2):
Don't they usually pick someone from the military to become Surgeon General?

I think George Bush asked the same exact question.  Smile



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User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 984 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2134 times:



Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 11):

I think his background speaks for itself.

Yawn... list the background of any MD and it sounds impressive, so no that really isn't too special compared to thousands of other medical professionals. His distinguishing features appears to be his CNN media credentials. That's what makes him qualified for SG?

Call me cynical but this is pandering. People will say, "Hey, I know that guy! I don't feel like an idiot because I've seen him on T.V. and he talked about the South Beach diet the other day!" The coup is that Obama gets a popular figure who happens to be a minority into a high-profile position where he can't really do any damage. And I'm sure CNN will gush over the choice since Obama picked one of their own.


User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2020 times:



Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 13):

Yawn... list the background of any MD and it sounds impressive, so no that really isn't too special compared to thousands of other medical professionals. His distinguishing features appears to be his CNN media credentials. That's what makes him qualified for SG?

Exactly. The guy has very little (read: none at all) experience in public health policy, which is fairly important to anyone becoming Surgeon General. This is especially damning because the giver-of-life himself, Msr. Obama will most likely try to socialize health care. Don't get me wrong, I don't want socialized medicine, but if it is to happen, I would certainly want someone with more experience in the field of health policy to be at Obama's side. I don't think telegenic should be at the top of the list when it comes to selecting a Surgeon General.

That all said, it's a shame Mr. Gupta didn't spend a couple years in the Senate, then he could have arguably had as much experience as Obama -- who will be President.



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8182 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

I'm surprised the rabid right-wingers aren't giving Dr. Gupta more credit since he's the only person on CNN to have ripped Michael Moore a new one in recent memory.


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User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2002 times:



Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 15):
I'm surprised the rabid right-wingers aren't giving Dr. Gupta more credit since he's the only person on CNN to have ripped Michael Moore a new one in recent memory.

I will give him credit for that, but that doesn't mean that I am going to ignore his inexperience in public health policy. Fair and balanced, JCS17.  Wink



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User currently offlinePNQIAD From India, joined May 2006, 586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1995 times:



Quoting JCS17 (Reply 14):
Exactly. The guy has very little (read: none at all) experience in public health policy, which is fairly important to anyone becoming Surgeon General.

Actually - he was a health policy fellow in the Clinton administration. So not quite "none at all" experience.


User currently offlineDXing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1993 times:



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 7):
The USPS Commissioned Corp

The United States Postal Service has a "Commissioned Corp"?  rotfl  Me thinks you missed a letter there! At least I hope so, I'd hate to think the Surgeon General is beholden to the Post Master General!

Quoting StasisLAX (Reply 9):
since we're naming television personalities as politicians?

Technically he will not be politician but a bureaucrat. Bureaucrats are even more sinister than politicians.


User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2872 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1993 times:



Quoting PNQIAD (Reply 17):
Actually - he was a health policy fellow in the Clinton administration. So not quite "none at all" experience.

Even with that Gupta just doesn't stand out enough to be Surgeon General.


User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1943 times:



Quoting JCS17 (Reply 14):

That all said, it's a shame Mr. Gupta didn't spend a couple years in the Senate, then he could have arguably had as much experience as Obama -- who will be President.

Would be quite a thing, if all this just works out. I mean with all the experience in the world that last administration didn't do much, so that in my opinion is starting to become a non-issue. Right now we need change, the 'old' way of doing things (the experience) is seeminglly killing us.



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User currently offlineDaedaeg From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

Surgeon General isn't a policy making post. It's more of a spokesperson or advocate of policy. In that role, he should do fine. To be honest, he'll probably have less influence on the public as Surgeon General than he does on CNN. I'd probably keep my TV job if I were him. It probably pays more anyway.


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User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1894 times:



Quoting Captaink (Reply 20):
I mean with all the experience in the world that last administration didn't do much, so that in my opinion is starting to become a non-issue.

Exactly what I'm thinking. We had plenty of "experience" in the current administration and the results speak for themselves (unless you live in Denial Land).

Quoting Daedaeg (Reply 21):
Surgeon General isn't a policy making post. It's more of a spokesperson or advocate of policy. In that role, he should do fine. To be honest, he'll probably have less influence on the public as Surgeon General than he does on CNN.

Yup. Some folks are making it sound as if he could single handedly implement a national health system. He'll be lucky if he can at least influence Americans to eat less and exercise more!


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7785 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

I am scared that for once I almost agree with JCS, put only so far. As presented Dr. Gupta's resume doesn't indicate much public health experience. But then the resume as presented is pretty shallow.



On the other hand, and this is where I diverge from JCS here, is that the existing public health system in this country is pretty much in shambles and we shouldn't be sourcing the next Surgeon General from there. And I suspect Dr. Gupta is probably more knowledgeable about those issues than his brief resume indicates.




In some ways I think we need another celebrity Surgeon General who is effective at communicating with medical professionals and the general population at large. C. Everett Koop was a good example of that as well. And in my brief time on this earth I cannot remember any surgeon general other than Dr. Koop, or the wacky Dr. Elders.



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8324 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (5 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1863 times:



Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 13):
His distinguishing features appears to be his CNN media credentials. That's what makes him qualified for SG?

No - being a medical doctor is probably the basic qualification. Being a brain surgeon only demonstrates that he can successfully work through a lot of heavy science, from pre-med through his residency.

His CNN experience is a major help, though, in that he has developed excellent communication skills, especially in the area of public communications. Personally I believe he would do a very good job working with the public, especially in areas of eduction.

I believe that the critical issue related to the good doctor is the decision his family has to make in regards to a (probably) major reduction in income.


25 ShyFlyer : Yeah, I did. I blame the keyboard though. ShyFlyer never mistake makes. How embarrassking. For the record, it should have been USPHS. Not only that,
26 Confuscius : What qualification are you looking for the job? Commissioner of International Arabian Horse Association?
27 JCS17 : He'll take a hit for four years, and after...um... the next presidential election, he'll be making four to six times what he is making presently.
28 DocLightning : Sound advice to me. Quoth Jocelyn Elders: "People say that we should teach abstinence because condoms can break. Well I'm here to tell you that absti
29 Dougloid : I was only being partially facetious. The indirect approach was not one of her strong points. It is an important position-far more important than som
30 Post contains links DCrawley : Just some food for thought, an interesting read.. http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-...anjay-gupta-surgeon-general-460109
31 DocLightning : It's true. Unfortunately, in spite of the fact that she was 100% correct, arguing that masturbation is a safe and natural activity got her fired. I c
32 Post contains links PPVRA : Looks like he is against the legalization of marijuana, except for medical cases: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1552034,00.html Whi
33 Bahadir : I would have preferred Dr. Oz, than again I am biased
34 DocLightning : See, and I'm exactly the opposite. I feel that if you want to smoke pot, shoot heroin, snort coke, or just sit around and poke your own eyes out, the
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