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My fault I know but the surgeon general of the united states is (Original Post) Watchfoxheadexplodes Dec 2020 OP
higher as in ...what? He has an MD. CurtEastPoint Dec 2020 #1
I understand he is an MD Watchfoxheadexplodes Dec 2020 #5
I can dissuade you of that notion with a mere two words... JHB Dec 2020 #10
Higher? milestogo Dec 2020 #2
with Pukes it doesn't matter Blues Heron Dec 2020 #3
Every time I see or hear him I think how in the hell was he doc03 Dec 2020 #6
Yes, With his brilliance as a brain surgeon... dubyadiprecession Dec 2020 #7
So we're ranking MDs now? Cuthbert Allgood Dec 2020 #4
He should put Turbineguy Dec 2020 #8
Great idea. Ohiogal Dec 2020 #9
Ya know.... Happy Hoosier Dec 2020 #11
Or they can make a procedure pretty scary Siwsan Dec 2020 #14
Oh My GOD!!! Happy Hoosier Dec 2020 #15
I was dealing with so much, at the time, I just wanted to move on. Probably a mistake Siwsan Dec 2020 #19
He does have a Masters Degree in Public Health and was a state health commissioner Siwsan Dec 2020 #12
MPH is probably what I'd look for as well. nt Ilsa Dec 2020 #17
i don't think medical specialty particularly hints at who would be a better administrator unblock Dec 2020 #13
HIGHER in the medical field??? obamanut2012 Dec 2020 #16
I think this is a common misconception. MuseRider Dec 2020 #18


(3,496 posts)
5. I understand he is an MD
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 08:41 AM
Dec 2020

Just would think with all the super surgeons in the US..

Like I said not hating the anesthesiologists of my surgeries were always the ones first putting me at ease.


(34,346 posts)
6. Every time I see or hear him I think how in the hell was he
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 08:43 AM
Dec 2020

a brain surgeon. Did he have a stroke or something?

Happy Hoosier

(6,311 posts)
11. Ya know....
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:04 AM
Dec 2020

A good anesthesiologist keeps you alive during tough surgeries. A bad one can kill you dead. Odd thread.


(25,840 posts)
14. Or they can make a procedure pretty scary
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:14 AM
Dec 2020

I woke up during my 2nd cataract surgery and the anesthesiologist did nothing. Admittedly I couldn't FEEL anything but the surgeon was in the process of opening my eyeball to insert a lens. He also knew I was awake but also did nothing but tell me to not move my eye! It was a truly freaky experience. If that had happened when they did my first eye, I would have been hesitant about the 2nd. Of course I'd have gone through with it, but not until I had a stern 'chat' with the anesthesiologist.

Happy Hoosier

(6,311 posts)
15. Oh My GOD!!!
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:18 AM
Dec 2020

How terrifying.

My worst experience was just a anesthesiologist who flubbed a spinal block before my knee surgery. Your story is horrifying!

I would have insisted on having a chat afterward, I think , And might have tried a way to withhold some portion of payment. Those folks are paid in wheelbarrows full of cash (a while ago, I used to hang out with one.... RICH).


(25,840 posts)
19. I was dealing with so much, at the time, I just wanted to move on. Probably a mistake
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:40 AM
Dec 2020

And the funny thing is, I'm a really good patient for anesthesia. Admittedly, that was only my 3rd experience. When I had foot surgery the put me under 'twilight sleep'. I woke up in the OR, but it was because they gave me whatever reverses it and I was up and ready for anything. They took me to my recovery room and asked if I needed anything, and I said 'BREAKFAST!!!' I was starving.

So, after they wiped the shock off of their faces I was given a full breakfast, which I proceeded to devour. Then I noticed some people standing in the doorway, watching me. Finally one of them said 'Most people don't eat like that, right after anesthesia'.

The only other anesthesia I ever had was when I was 4 and had a Bakers Cyst removed from the back of my knee. it was something I had to breathe in (maybe ether?) and count backwards (Yea, I was 4 so.....) I was in a children's recovery ward, and everyone but me was sick from the anesthesia and they all got ice cream, later, but since I didn't get sick, I got nothing.

It's funny how clear that memory is, decades later.

Anyway, I've never been under a general anesthetic so who knows if I'd tolerate that like I do the twilight ones.


(25,840 posts)
12. He does have a Masters Degree in Public Health and was a state health commissioner
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:09 AM
Dec 2020

Admittedly, I think someone with a specialty based in Family or Internal Medicine and maybe an advanced board certification in something like Infectious Disease would give the SG a little broader experience and perspective but it's not as if he's out there treating anyone.

Besides, I always had the feeling that Dr. Adams was being kind of side lined because you really haven't heard much from him, during this pandemic. At least I haven't seen much.


(51,674 posts)
13. i don't think medical specialty particularly hints at who would be a better administrator
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:12 AM
Dec 2020

surgeon general is a very, very different job from anesthesiologist or surgeon or cardiologist or radiologist or whatever.

at the moment, a surgeon general with a background in infectious diseases might be helpful, but only because that happens to be the key public health issue at the moment.

if anything, i would think a primary care physician, typically regarded as rather low on the medical admiration scale, would be the best background for surgeon general as that job requires a broad understanding of public health issues, which better translates to what a surgeon general needs to do. but again, administration is a very different job from actually treating patients.


(33,930 posts)
18. I think this is a common misconception.
Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:33 AM
Dec 2020

Who do you think keeps you alive while the masterful surgeon does his routine, by the book, 100 times a year boring surgery? Not putting surgeons down but have you ever been in surgery as something other than the patient? Most of it is tedious, everyday work. You can read about all kinds of surgeries and they all come with a set of instructions. It mainly only gets hairy if something is different that they did not know about or something goes wrong that they did not expect. Yes, even in brain surgery. This is not meant to put surgeons down. Oncologists, same. Dermatologists, same. You can go down and get bad having nothing at all to do with the exact surgery you are having and the anesthesiologist might or will be the only one to notice and get you back. Everyone in surgery has a job and they are all important, even the nurse who makes certain everything stays sterile and hand equipment to the surgeon. Same will all the other practices.

I stuck mainly with surgery because of what I was reading above. This is experience from a nurse who spent time in surgeries. They guy standing outside the room to go fetch or take out samples is also very important.

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