US President Joe Biden has nominated a distinguished Indian-American doctor and a surgeon to serve in key roles in his administration.
West Virginia’s former well being commissioner Dr Rahul Gupta was nominated on Tuesday as the subsequent director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Atul Gawande, a surgeon and well-liked writer, was nominated for Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Global Health on the US Agency for International Development.
A practising major care doctor of 25 years, Gupta beforehand served underneath two Governors because the Health Commissioner of West Virginia.
As the state’s Chief Health Officer, he led the opioid disaster response efforts and launched various pioneering public well being initiatives, together with the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Birthscore programme to determine high-risk infants.
Gupta additionally led the event of the state’s Zika motion plan and its preparedness efforts throughout the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak.
A nationwide and world thought chief and a driver of modern public insurance policies on well being points, Gupta serves as an advisor to a number of organizations and job forces on native, nationwide and worldwide public well being coverage.
The son of an Indian diplomat, Rahul was born in India and grew up within the suburbs of Washington, DC.
At age 21, he accomplished medical faculty on the University of Delhi. He earned a grasp’s diploma in public well being from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a worldwide grasp’s of enterprise administration diploma from the London School of Business and Finance.
Gawande, 55, has 4 New York Times best-selling books to his credit score — Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal.
“I’m honoured to be nominated to lead global health development at USAID, including for COVID. With more COVID deaths worldwide in the first half of 2021 than in all of 2020, I’m grateful for the chance to help end this crisis and to re-strengthen public health systems worldwide,” Gawande mentioned in a tweet.
Gawande is the Cyndy and John Fish Distinguished Professor of Surgery at Brigham and Women”s Hospital, Samuel O Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health.
He can be founder and chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint centre for well being techniques innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and of Lifebox, a nonprofit organisation making surgical procedure safer globally.
During the coronavirus pandemic, he co-founded CIC Health, which operates COVID-19 testing and vaccination nationally, and served as a member of the Biden transition COVID-19 Advisory Board.
From 2018 to 2020, he was CEO of Haven, the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase well being care enterprise. He beforehand served as a senior advisor within the Department of Health and Human Services within the Clinton Administration.
In addition, Gawande has been a employees author for The New Yorker journal since 1998.
He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, Academy Health’s Impact Award for highest analysis impression on well being care, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.
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