Florida Appoints Nigerian Born American Surgeon-General

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A Nigerian born American, Dr Joseph Ladapo, has been appointed as Surgeon-General and Secretary of the Department of Health by Florida, a state in the United States of America.




In a statement posted on the Florida Department of Health website, the Governor, Ron DeSantis, stated “I am pleased to announce that Ladapo will lead the Florida department of health as our state’s next surgeon-general.

The statement noted that “Ladapo comes to us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, with a superb background.”

According to him, Ladapo has had both a remarkable academic and medical career with a strong emphasis in health policy research.

”Ladapo will bring great leadership to the department of health, ” thanking both Dr Scott Rivkees and Dr Shamarial Roberson for their hard work on behalf of all Floridians”

The Deputy Governor known in Florida as Lieutenant-Governor, Jeanette Nuñez, described the Nigerian born Surgeon as, “an excellent choice to serve as our next surgeon general.”

Nuñez added that “Ladapo has impeccable credentials and a strong vision to effectively serve the people of Florida at the helm of our public health agency.

“Through his service to our state, we will continue Florida’s work to advance our public health goals.”

On his part, Ladapo said he is honored to have been chosen by DeSantis to serve as Florida’s next surgeon-general.

“We must make health policy decisions rooted in data and not in fear.

“From California, I have observed the different approaches taken by governors across the country and I have been impressed by DeSantis’ leadership and determination.”

This is as he asserted that he was impressed by DeSantis’ leadership to ensure that Floridians were afforded all opportunities to maintain their health and wellness, while preserving their freedoms as Americans.

“It is a privilege to join his team and serve the people of Florida.”

The new Florida Surgeon-General was recently granted a professorship at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine.

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Earlier he served as an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),caring for hospitalized patients.

He is a graduate of Wake Forest University, who also holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


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