James Holsinger Jr. was nominated to serve as U.S. surgeon general, the White House said.
If the U.S. Senate approves his nomination, Holsinger will become the 18th person to hold the office. Most recently, he has been a health sciences faculty member at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, after serving two years as secretary of the health and family services department of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was chancellor of the University of Kentucky Medical Center from 1994 through 2003, with oversight of the colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health sciences and dentistry.
Before that, Holsinger spent 26 years with the Veterans Affairs Department, rising to undersecretary for health in 1992, and served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a major general in 1993.
Holsingers significant experience as a physician, educator and leader make him an excellent choice to serve as Americas doctor, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a statement. Holsinger is a cardiologist. -- by Vince Galloro