Sanjay Gupta Is Obama's Pick for Surgeon General

January 6, 2009

Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.



i think all 3 of these high level appointments who are API are good choices. i never knew of sanjay gupta as anything but a CNN guy, so it never occurred to me he would be selected for surgeon general - but i always liked him. so say word. i'm sure he'll do a great job.
There are some serious questions being raised about his commitment to public health, his ethical compass (big Pharma sponsorships), and his scoffing at a single-payer health system.See this article for a note about Rep. Jon Conyers' opposition, and the Physicians for a National Health Program site for more details.
I thought that Sanjay Gupta was more of a "I play a doctor on TV for CNN" than an actual real doctor--let alone someone qualified to be Surgeon General of the entire US of A.