Nigerian-American Joseph Ladapo appointed surgeon general in Florida

25 Sep 2021

“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Ladapo will lead the Florida Department of Health as our state’s next Surgeon General,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“Dr. Ladapo comes to us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with a superb background.”

DeSantis said Ladapo “has had both a remarkable academic and medical career with a strong emphasis in health policy research.

Dr. Ladapo will bring great leadership to the Department of Health. I would also like to thank both Dr. Scott Rivkees and Dr. Shamarial Roberson for their hard work on behalf of all Floridians.”

Lieutenant-Governor Jeanette Nuñez described Ladapo’s choice as “an excellent choice to serve as our next Surgeon General.”

“Dr. Ladapo has impeccable credentials and a strong vision to effectively serve the people of Florida at the helm of our public health agency. Through his service to our state, we will continue Florida’s work to advance our public health goals,” Nuñez said.

Ladapo said he is honored to have been chosen by Governor DeSantis to serve as Florida’s next Surgeon General.

“We must make health policy decisions rooted in data and not in fear,” Ladapo said. ”

“From California, I have observed the different approaches taken by governors across the country and I have been impressed by Governor DeSantis’ leadership and determination to ensure that Floridians are afforded all opportunities to maintain their health and wellness, while preserving their freedoms as Americans. It is a privilege to join his team and serve the people of Florida.”

Dr. Ladapo was recently granted a professorship at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine.

Prior to joining UF, he served as an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) caring for hospitalized patients.

He is a graduate of Wake Forest University, who also holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.