Joseph Ladapo, a UCLA medical school professor, has been selected as Florida’s new surgeon general.
Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement following Tuesday morning’s cabinet meeting in Tallahassee.
Dr Ladapo is succeeding Scott Rivkees, who recently returned to the University of Florida, for the role.
Dr Ladapo’s research program focused on patient-centred approaches for battling coronary artery disease and behavioural economic interventions to promote sustainable cardiovascular health, especially among adults with HIV.
Before his time at UCLA, Dr Ladapo was a faculty member in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine.
UCLA’s website also says he was a Staff Fellow for the Food and Drug Administration. He graduated from Wake Forest University then received both his medical degree and PhD from Harvard.
Dr Ladapo was born in Nigeria. He immigrated to the United States when he was 5 years old, along with his family, as his father, a microbiologist, came to the country to continue his studies.