Blog | Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dr. Gupta doesn't poll well as potential Surgeon General

Most readers who took ACP Internist's most recent Web poll feature, "Your Thoughts Exactly," voted against Sanjay Gupta, MD, as a potential choice for Surgeon General by about a 2-1 margin. (The results aren't scientific and only reflect the opinions of poll respondents.)

Respondents mainly objected to Dr. Gupta's lack of experience in public health and health policy, or said they felt that he's biased toward pharma and insurance interests or toward specialty medicine over primary care.

Asked what they thought should be the Surgeon General's next priorities, respondents said they want more attention paid to obesity and all its negative health impacts, smoking cessation and universal access to health care.

Complete results and a sample of comments are available at ACP InternistWeekly. ACP Internist's next poll, "Your thoughts exactly: using placebos," is now online.