Kentucky cardiologist nominated for Surgeon General post

May 25, 2007

Washington, DC - Cardiologist Dr James W Holsinger Jr has been nominated by PresidentGeorge W Bush to serve as the new US Surgeon General, the White House announced yesterday[1].

Holsinger, the Wethington Chair in Health Sciences and professor of preventive medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, in Lexington, "will particularly focus his efforts on educating parents and children about childhood obesity, a serious epidemic that decreases quality of life and burdens our healthcare system," the statement said.

Much of Holsinger's career has been spent in the Veteran's Health Administration as chief of staff or director of several VA medical centers, according to a press release from the University of Kentucky[2]. It says he also served as secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for the state of Kentucky and was chancellor of University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center for nine years.

He earned his MD as well as a doctorate in anatomy and physiology at Duke University, in Durham, NC, and has master's degrees in hospital financial management from the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, and in biblical studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, in Wilmore, KY, according to the University of Kentucky statement.

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