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.