It’s looking suspiciously as though Dr. Sanjay Gupta is going to be offered (and accept) the position of US Surgeon General. Gupta is a very well-known television personality, appearing on Anderson Cooper’s show often and acting as CNN’s chief medical correspondent. With vaccines and autism so much in the news, you may be interested to know that he got a bit of a scolding from Orac awhile ago thanks to this blog post, which to me sounds just a bit naive on the issue of vaccine safety. Of course, “just a bit naive” is forgivable for a TV doctor, but a little disturbing for a surgeon general.
On the plus side, he advocated for the Gardasil vaccine and doesn’t seem to stray into any alternative medicine territory. His advice on topics like aging and taking supplements is science-based. He’s an intriguing choice, thanks to his experience as a dynamic personality who takes the spotlight and uses it to promote health. Also, the nice thing about such a public person is that we can see exactly what he thinks about a range of topics. Time will tell, though, how he ultimately treats the big issues. He could be a huge benefit, or a huge liability.