Dr Joseph Ladapo takes on new role of Surgeon General – State of Reform

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Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Dr. Joseph Ladapo as Florida’s Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health at a press conference today. Dr Ladapo will succeed Dr Scott Rivkees in the role, who announcement his departure last month at the end of his two-year term.

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Dr Ladapo also recently started a faculty position at the University of Florida College of Medicine, having been Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) since 2016. Dr Ladapo has said in a statement that Florida must rely on evidence-based practices.

“I am honored to have been chosen by Governor DeSantis to be Florida’s next Surgeon General. We need to make health policy decisions rooted in data, not fear.

From California, I have observed the different approaches taken by Governors across the country and have been impressed by Governor DeSantis’s leadership and determination to ensure that Floridians have every opportunity to maintain their health and their well-being, while preserving their freedoms as Americans. It is a privilege to join his team and serve the people of Florida.

Dr. Ladapo’s leadership will be essential as Florida continues to grapple with its COVID cases. Although cases appear to have declined since the summer outbreak, the Miami Herald reported that in its most recent report to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday, Florida recorded 1,059 deaths, 91% of which occurred in the past 28 days.

Florida has also seen a decline in the use of intensive care beds since last month, although more than 84% of beds are still in use, which is above the national average of 78%, according to The data from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Miami Herald said Florida has at least 3,503,976 cases and 51,884 total deaths from COVID.

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