Will Sanjay Gupta be the Next Surgeon General?

The Washington Post broke the news today that Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN medical correspondent) is considering the position of  surgeon general position in the upcoming Obama administration.  As a practicing neurosurgeon and faculty at a medical school, Dr. Sanjay’s background in journalism just promises us that we will finally have a surgeon general that 1) says things that are interesting and understandable to the general public, 2) communicates well, and is 3) memorable.

I love how Obama really thought outside the box; this is definitely a great example of identifying someone who “normal” politicians may not think of as a good candidate for surgeon general — but obviously is qualified as a practicing neurosurgeon from a good medical school with a unique background in journalism. Those communication skills will definitely come in handy as surgeon general. And having an Asian in such a prominent role in the administration is a delightful bonus as well.

And note to the other 8Asian writers: Dr. Sanjay Gupta is NOT to be confused with Sanjaya Malakar of American Idol fame. Or infamy.

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About Jen

I’m a Korean-American living in the bay area, I studied public health and social work in grad school, and I have an obsession for anything theater related, especially ballet and Broadway musicals. I just spent three years in NYC so I am still adjusting to normal winter weather and having a car, and most of the time, I am busy funding my passion for theater with a full-time job in healthcare public relations. On any given day, you can find me watching Project Runway, shopping, doing yoga, skipping to the theater, or looking for the perfect cocktail.
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