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A South Asian Surgeon General?

I would have gone with Rakesh Sharma, but Obama apparently has settled on Sanjay Gupta, the guy from CNN and CBS.

CNN: Gupta approached about surgeon general post
By NEDRA PICKLER – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — CNN says President-elect Barack Obama has approached its medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, to be the country’s next surgeon general.

The cable news network said Tuesday that it has kept Gupta from reporting on health care policy and other matters involving the incoming Obama administration since learning he was under consideration for the post.

Gupta hosts “House Call” on CNN and also is a correspondent for CBS.

The surgeon general typically isn’t heavily involved in shaping an administration’s policy, but it can be a very effective bully pulpit. Past surgeons general have proved instrumental in battling tobacco and AIDS.

Having a person comfortable on television could perhaps elevate the now relatively obscure position, and be helpful for Obama, who is personally very health conscious.

Matt Artz