Interesting. Many have commented that Gupta was an unconventional choice for Surgeon General, having no public health experience. The theory was that he would function as the administration's media front-man on health care reform. If that role is not in the offing after all, then it stands to reason that his enthusiasm for the job might wane.
It's been seven weeks since we noted that neurosurgeon and CNN medical reporter Sanjay Gupta, one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men for 2003, was in line to be nominated as surgeon general. But then time passed and former Senate majority leader Thomas A. Daschle's nomination to run the Department of Health and Human Services blew up, much to Gupta's dismay. Buzz is that he's now rethinking whether the job is as attractive as it had appeared. The answer may be linked to the future of the proposed White House Office of Health Reform, which Daschle was also to head, and what part Gupta will play on the new team.
27 February 2009
So hints the WaPo's Al Kamen:
Posted by shadowfax at 7:11 AM