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Dr. Sonjay Gupta of CNN is a guy on T.V.

Quickly, I think anybody that has appeared on television on whatever network is automatically disqualified from any sort of public office.

I would prefer a Surgeon General who has at least spent more time in academia/research than preening in front of a camera.

Perhaps, a Doctor who doesn't do interviews on any network newscasts.

What else do I have to say? Hospice care for loved ones?

I'm an engineer- so let me specify.

Health Care Reform in general.

Or, specifically, how to modify the insurance/billing/union bureaucracy that has made the American Medical establishment a traumitic experience for even the best insured?

How is the Doctor going to do that?

A doctor who could perhaps lay out specific steps to not only improve quality of life in not only this country, but across the world.

A research-minded scientist who perhaps at least is looking towards addressing issues like abortion, stem-cell research, means towards eliminating second term abortions?

Perhaps a Surgeon General who admits that abstinence is not a workable option?

A Doctor who is qualified to look at facing immunizations against germ warfare?

A Doctor who would perhaps look at asking for better inspections of meat processing plants to perhaps detect if we have a new strain of avian bird flu?

These aren't the best questions a person could ask, I'm asking you if you think Dr. Sanjay Gupta has ever said one word about these issues.

Originally posted to lordbronco on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 07:46 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  This diary is not a diary? (6+ / 0-)

    "Cunnilingus and Psychiatry is what got us here," Tony Soprano

    by Larry Madill on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 07:47:54 AM PST

  •  neurosurgeon (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, Norbrook

    I think it takes a little bit of "academa/research"
    to become a neurosurgen.  But hey, what do I know?

    Help, my country has been hijacked by an idiot cowboy.

    by bookkillrr on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 07:51:59 AM PST

  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    What else do I have to say?

    about another two paragraphs before this even starts to look like a diary.

  •  "What else do I have to say?" (3+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, Arken, dougymi

    You could start by saying HOW appearing on television disqualifies SAnjay Gupta MD from serving as Surgeon General.

    The job is all about communication.  He is an MD, a good journalist, and an accomplished communicator.  He'll be a good SG.

  •  Considering the position is a Communications (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, Norbrook

    and Public Speaking position. I fail to see why his background on TV is a minus. In fact its a plus.

  •  Surgeon General = McGruff the Crime Dog (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, Larry Madill


  •  Jeez, did you sprain your ankle (0+ / 0-)

    jumping to conclusions?  

    An assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine and associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta,

    Sounds like academia and practicing right there.

    Oh, and this looks like research:

    ProTECT: a randomized clinical trial of progesterone for acute traumatic brain injury.

    Wright DW, Kellermann AL, Hertzberg VS, Clark PL, Frankel M, Goldstein FC, Salomone JP, Dent LL, Harris OA, Ander DS, Lowery DW, Patel MM, Denson DD, Gordon AB, Wald MM, Gupta S, Hoffman SW, Stein DG.

    Ann Emerg Med. 2007 Apr;49(4):391-402, 402.e1-2. Epub 2006 Sep 29.

    I think that I have had enough of you telling me how things will be. Today I choose a new way to go ... and it goes through you!

    by Norbrook on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 08:25:46 AM PST

  •  The man has qualifications and is a practicing (1+ / 0-)
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    neurosurgeon at Emory.  Look him up on wiki.
    You want him disqualified because he is on television.

  •  It's not really a policy position (2+ / 0-)
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    Cedwyn, grrr

    Gupta is as well qualified to tell me to stop smoking, eat right and wear condoms as any doctor in the country. I'm not a fan, but he'll do fine.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 08:35:06 AM PST

  •  And a big phan of pharma... (1+ / 0-)
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    Pretty dumb for a guy to go 'whoops' on Vioxxfer cripessake...

     "Miles O'Brien: Let's talk about Vioxx. Some indication it might increase the risk of heart attack?

       "Gupta: This stat has been around since August of 2001. They talked about the increase of heart attack with Vioxx. The numbers are very small. Perhaps a small percentage increase in the overall risk of heart attacks with Vioxx. They say 37 percent to 39 percent but that's of a very small number. After 90 days, no increased risk."

    Then wha-happen...Yoink!

    Maybe he wants to be cloned
    ...among other red flags.

    Dangerous mouthpiece...
    Which is the band name of the day btw.

  •  Yes, but how does he feel about masturbation? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Oh-my best point-Hospice Care (0+ / 0-)

    Our family all could look each other in the eye, though my grandmother's death was tough on us all.


  •  Purpose of the Surgeon General in the Obama age. (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't have a problem with Dr Gupta because I look at the job the SG will have to do for the American People.  His job is going to be to convince Americans to put down the big mac and walk.  He is the one who will have to knock some fat off the 42 million Americans with pre-diabetes.  He will have to get the addicts into treatment and the chronic illness people to increase medication compliance and stop using the emergency room.
    He is a neurosurgeon.  In the hospital hierarchy- neuros are on the the top of the dog pile fighting it out with the CT surgeons for supremacy.  I have not heard a single doctor complain about his lack of qualifications- just wonder why he would take such a huge paycut.  

  •  Pointless Job....Huge Conflict of Interest... (0+ / 0-)

    The goals of a medical doctor and the goals of government in health care policy are antithetical.  A doctor is sworn to serve the best interest of the individual as it relates to medical care and lifestyle choices.  The government is best served financially by Americans doing the opposite of their doctor's orders and thus reducing their lifetime cost burden to the entitlement apparatus.  Given that healthy lifestyles lead to higher costs for government, there's always gonna be a conflict of interest for this post.

  •  The Surgeon General was all but AWOL (0+ / 0-)

    during the bushie years.  In the past, I don't see them effecting policy.  

    Maybe there are better people out there.  I don't know.  I do know, people are used to seeing him on teevee so it won't be a big stretch.  He has some skill at being able to communicate in a way people understand.  He doesn't talk over the head of most people.  

    If he is like any other SG he will spew the info the administraton wants him to concerning the policies of that administration.

    IF he takes the job, slight drop in salary as I understand it, he will have little trouble disseminating the policies.  He has lots and lots of people to help him manage the employees. Sooooooo it isn't a pissing match I would want to take on.  Let's go after the biggies, like torture and war crimes, treason...

    "Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it or hump it, piss on it and walk away."

    by winter outhouse on Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 10:35:54 AM PST

  •  Hmm Maybe Suze Orman as SEC Chairman (0+ / 0-)

    And Nancy Grace for DOJ

    Anne Coulter as Attorney general

    Glenn Beck for Foreign relations Guy

    Grr-this stuff just makes my blood boil :-)

  •  Didn't know it was a Comm Job (0+ / 0-)

    Therefore, a post that is mostly Press Secretary position-you make a good point-thank you.

    sorry for the frothing post, but I used to work in media-nobody in that industry can work for more than 3 months without becoming compromised in some tawdry way.

    Thanks all for the good replies


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