Newsom names former OC Medical Association president as new Surgeon General

California Governor Gavin Newsom named former Orange County Medical Association President Dr. Diana Ramos as the state’s new surgeon general on Aug. 25.

If approved by the Legislature, Ramos would become the second person to serve as the state’s top health official since the governor created the position in 2019. She would be the state’s spokesperson. on public health matters and adviser to the Governor.

The Laguna Beach doctor said in an online statement that she would be honored to hold the position.

“I am acutely aware that even though we are all Californians, our experiences differ greatly. Many of us face economic hardship, mental health issues, trauma,” Ramos said. “I am acutely aware that even though we are all Californians, our experiences differ greatly. Many of us face economic hardship, mental health issues, trauma, grief, homelessness, addiction, racism, attacks on our bodies, our choices, etc. .

Newsom congratulated Ramos in a statement announcing the appointment.

“Dr. Ramos is a distinguished leader in medicine and a trusted public health expert who brings a lifetime of experience protecting and promoting the health of vulnerable communities,” Newsom said. its partnership to advance the state’s urgent priorities on women’s health, mental health, addressing the epidemic of gun violence, and more, as we continue our work to improve the health and well- be of all Californians.”

Ramos, 55, has served as a public health administrator at the California Department of Public Health’s Center for Heathy Communities since last year. She also became president of the Orange County Medical Association in 1999.

She has been an adjunct assistant professor at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California since 1999.

Prior to that, she was a physician at Kaiser Permanente, a public health physician with the state Department of Public Health, a board member of the California Maternal Care Quality Collaborative, among other positions.

Ramos would replace the first state-appointed surgeon general, Dr. Burke Harris, who stepped down Feb. 11. Dr. Devika Bhushan is the department’s acting surgeon general.

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