Recent cases of Ebola virus infection in the U.S. have brought attention to the fact that we currently do not have a formally appointed surgeon general, though Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak has been serving in an acting role. The surgeon general’s role is important – especially during times of heightened concern about the public’s health.
As described by the Department of Health and Human Services, the surgeon general, sometimes referred to as the nation’s doctor, is charged with providing Americans with “the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce their risk of illness and injury.”
The good news is that President Obama has nominated an outstanding candidate for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy;
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