Did I Miss Something, or Is the Nation's Highest Doctor Now a Nurse? Trump Fires Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., as Surgeon General; Replaces with Sylvia Trent-Adams, R.N.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

President Trump fired Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., as the U.S. Surgeon General on April 21, 2017, and replaced the nation's top doctor with a nurse.  Dr. Murthy was replaced with Sylvia Trent-Adams, a nurse who is a career Public Health Service officer.

For more details on the education and credentials of each, see:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivek_Murthy  and  
https://www.hhs.gov/about/leadership/sylvia-trent-adams/index.html


The Washington Post, in a story about this stated that the Surgeon General is considered to be the “nation's doctor.” Bernstein, L., The Washington Post (Apr. 22, 2017, online version).  This is apparently the first time that he nation's Surgeon General has not been a physician.

This is something that to me is unfathomable, how can the nation's top doctor be a nurse?  How can someone who is not a medical doctor be advising on and helping to make policy regarding the medical health and well being of the nation?

I am curious as to why we have not heard a peep out of the American Medical Association or any other physician group regarding this historical turn of events.  Perhaps physicians have just given up altogether on the control of health care and the administration of medical policy.

Perhaps Mr. Trump merely sees her as another person who will be easy to control and not likely to stray from his agenda.

Just sayin', that's the way it appears to me.


About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law is an attorney with The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. http://www.TheHealthLawFirm.com  The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Avenue, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.





4/25/2017

Comments:

Response to: Did I Miss Something, or Is the Nation's Highest Doctor Now a Nurse? Trump Fires Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., as Surgeon General; Replaces with Sylvia Trent-Adams, R.N.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Victoria Pruitt says:

As a RN, I am surprised as well. Perhaps no Droctor in his right mind wants to take on Trump and his entourage. Ms. Adams is most likely a capable nurse but how will the medical and hospital community respond to her when we have a health/medical crisis?

Response to: Did I Miss Something, or Is the Nation's Highest Doctor Now a Nurse? Trump Fires Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., as Surgeon General; Replaces with Sylvia Trent-Adams, R.N.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Gracie says:

Wow, that is freaking ridiculous. I'm just a regular person, and I know that this doesn't make sense.

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