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Greg Bledsoe Named Surgeon General

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Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has announced Dr. Greg Bledsoe as the state’s new surgeon general. 

“I have had the pleasure of knowing [Bledsoe] for some time, and there is no doubt that he will serve our state and people well in this new role,” Hutchinson said in a statement.

Bledsoe is board certified in emergency management, and is the chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine of Marshall Medical Center South in Alabama. He completed medical school and his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He spent five years on faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed a two-year fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

He has experience in Honduras, Tanzania, Sudan, China, Qatar, Antartica and the Arctic, including the North Pole. Bledsoe, the son of Dr. James Bledsoe and state Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, was the personal physician for President Bill Clinton during his tour of Africa in 2002. 

Bledsoe will also join the faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as an associated professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the College of Medicine. That move is official Jan. 25.

“We have been looking for a faculty member with Dr. Bledsoe’s expertise and are very pleased to have him join UAMS and the Department of Emergency Medicine,” Dr. Rawle “Tony” Seupaul, professor and chair of the department, said. 

Bledsoe will replace Joe Thompson, the state’s first surgeon general. He served under Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gov. Mike Beebe. Thompson has said he will remain the director of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, a nonpartisan, independent healthy policy center founded in 1998. 

“[Thompson’s] done a great job, but we have to have a fresh look at all of this and I think a new surgeon general will help us to have that fresh look,” Hutchinson told reporters in November.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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