As you know, Senator Elect Barack Obama appears to have chosen neurosurgeon, former policy wonk, and CNN medical/health correspondent Sanjay Gupta to be surgeon general. There is an overwhelming display, on the science blogosphere, of diversity in opinion about this choice. My opinion: WTFC? He is not clearly unqualified, and the exact nature of the surgeon general position is poorly defined and ever changing. He is a communications guy, so maybe his thing will be about science communication. That would be interesting. The point is that every surgeon general has either picked up on a cause or two and run with it, or simply hid out (as the current SG has done), hobbled by an administration that does not want to hear anything from the SG.
Also, have you noticed that Surgeon General and Sanjy Gupta are both “SG.” That’s gotta mean something!
Anyway, here is a list of some of the current posts discussing this appointment. Dont’ listen to what I say, read this stuff:
I’m not so sure about this pick
Moore v. Gupta: Truth v. False Doubt
The Intersection: Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General? Here’s My Gripe
Jake Young at Pure Pedantry: Sanjay Gupta is a possible Surgeon General
Orac: Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General? Yawn.
Some guy who really does not like him: Sanjay Gupta As Surgeon General? Not So Fast
PalMD, who really does like him: Gupta for Surgeon General? Cool.
Abel Pharmboy: Why I think Sanjay Gupta is a good pick for Surgeon General
An old post by revere: Michael Moore puts Sanjay Gupta into intensive care