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Retired Spokane physician remembers friend, C. Everett Koop

As the nation mourned the death of its most renowned public health administrator, one of Spokane’s most venerable retired physicians remembered the friend she once helped in medical school. That former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop rose to prominence by warning the public about the dangers of smoking and pressing the Reagan administration to take a more aggressive stand against AIDS came as no surprise to Dr. Elizabeth Welty, who spoke of her old friend Tuesday in her south Spokane home. Koop died Monday in Hanover, N.H., at age 96.

TV’s Sanjay Gupta ends bid for surgeon general

WASHINGTON – Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, has told network officials that he will not leave his television career to become the U.S. surgeon general, according to sources familiar with his decision. The decision means that the often low-profile job will not get the mass-media jolt from appointing the well-known television celebrity. Gupta, a neurosurgeon who continues to practice medicine, has become ubiquitous on CNN, where he hosts a half-hour show called “House Call” and appears on numerous other programs.

Gupta tabbed for surgeon general

WASHINGTON – America’s most famous television surgeon, Sanjay Gupta, is poised to take his black bag and microphone to the White House as President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for U.S. surgeon general. A neurosurgeon who also is a correspondent for CNN and CBS, Gupta was chosen as much for his broadcasting skills as his medical resume, suggesting that the incoming administration values visible advisers who can drive a public message. He also has been offered a top post in the new White House Office of Health Reform, twin duties that could make him the highest-profile surgeon general in history.