Sunday, July 1, 2007
I am sure that you are all aware that Dr. James W. Holsinger has been nominated by President Bush to be the next Surgeon General. In announcing Dr. Holsinger's nomination, President Bush stated that his new surgeon general would focus on childhood obesity.
Today, I have announced my intention to nominate James W. Holsinger, Jr., to serve as the 18th Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Holsinger is an accomplished physician who has led one of our Nation's largest healthcare systems, the State of Kentucky's healthcare system, and the University of Kentucky's medical center. He also has taught at several American medical schools, and he served more than three decades in the United States Army Reserve, retiring in 1993 as a Major General.
As America's chief health educator, he will be charged with providing the best scientific information available on how Americans can make smart choices that improve their health and reduce their risk of illness and injury. Dr. Holsinger 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. I am confident that Dr. Holsinger will help our Nation confront this challenge and many others to ensure that Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives.
Here is some further background information on Holsinger from Wikipedia and as well as discussion concerning his views concerning homosexuality from ThinkProgress. He is not the choice I would have made . . . . I suspect that his confirmation hearing on July 12th could be quite interesting.