|Bush nominates United Methodist as surgeon general|
By United Methodist News Service
May 25, 2007
Dr. James W. Holsinger Jr.
A United Methodist physician from Kentucky has been nominated to serve as the 18th surgeon general of the United States.
President Bush announced the appointment of James W. Holsinger Jr. as his nominee on May 24.
Holsinger, who is a professor of preventive medicine at the
University of Kentucky, has led that state's health care system and
taught at several American medical schools. He was appointed by
President George H.W. Bush as chief medical director of the Veterans
Health Administration in 1990 and became undersecretary for health in
the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1992. He also served more than
three decades in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a major general in
A member of Hope Springs United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky.,
where he serves as administrative pastor, Holsinger has been an active
at all levels of the denomination. He currently is president of Judicial
Council, the church's supreme court.
He also is treasurer of the World Methodist Council. "This is an
honor for Dr. Holsinger and a fitting acknowledgement of his competency
as a physician, administrator, teacher and leader," said the Rev. George
Freeman, the council's executive director.
Holsinger has a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky,
master's degrees from both the University of South Carolina and Asbury
Theological Seminary in Wilmore, and his medical degree and doctorate
from Duke University.
"As America's chief health educator, he will be charged with
providing the best scientific information available on how Americans can
make smart choices that improve their health and reduce their risk of
illness and injury," Bush said in his announcement.
"Dr. Holsinger will particularly focus his efforts on educating
parents and children about childhood obesity, a serious epidemic that
decreases quality of life and burdens our healthcare system. I am
confident that Dr. Holsinger will help our Nation confront this
challenge and many others to ensure that Americans live longer, better,
and healthier lives."
Attempts to reach Holsinger for comment on deadline were unsuccessful. The Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
newspaper reported that Holsinger, in a statement, described the
nomination as a "great honor." "I look forward to meeting with members
of the Senate as they review and consider my nomination," he said.
Another United Methodist, M. Joycelyn Elders, served as U.S. Surgeon
General from 1993-94 under the Clinton Administration. David Satcher, a
former president of United Methodist-related Meharry Medical College in
Nashville, Tenn., was U.S. Surgeon General from February 1998 through
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