Florida appoints Nigeria-born Joseph Ladapo as surgeon general
Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed Nigeria-born Dr Joseph A. Ladapo as Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health.
Lieutenant Governor, Jeanette Nuñez described Ladapo as an excellent choice for the position.
Nuñez said the doctor has impeccable credentials and “a strong vision to effectively serve the people of Florida at the helm of our public health agency”.
In his remarks, Ladapo stressed that health policy decisions must be rooted in data and not in fear.
Noting that it is a privilege to serve the people, he commended DeSantis for his determination to ensure that Floridians get opportunities to maintain their health and wellness.
Ladapo was recently granted a professorship at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine. He served as an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
The graduate of Wake Forest University also holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The Nigerian-American won the Daniel Ford Award for health services and outcomes research. He and his wife have three children.
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