Sanja Gupta For Surgeon General?
“President-elect Barack Obama is reported to have picked CNN’S medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta to be the next surgeon general,” NPR reports.
I was hoping for Dr. Phil.
All snark aside, U.S. News blogger Robert Schlesinger, who initially greeted the choice with “hearty laughter,” thinks it’s not so bad upon reflection.
The job description for surgeon general is “America’s chief health educator.” Say what you want about cable “news” and the irritating trend toward highlighting “personalities” over substance; and say what you want about Gupta specifically; but public education involves some of the same skills one develops working on television news (or “news”).
I’m only vaguely aware of Gupta as a TV personality but he’s qualified. He’s a former White House fellow, an incredibly prestigious gig, and is currently an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
His views on teaching schoolchildren to masturbate are unknown.