- Dr Nadine Burke Harris made history after she was appointed as California’s first-ever female Surgeon General
- The renowned surgeon also inked her name in the history pages as the first black person to occupy the position
- Dr Nadine Burke Harris was sworn in as California's first Surgeon General on 11 February
Trailblazer Dr Nadine Burke Harris has chalked up multiple feats after she was appointed as California’s first-ever Surgeon General, making her the first black person to occupy that position as well.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the news in March last year.
Briefly.co.za has learnt via NBC News that Newsom said in a news release that Harris "will focus on combating the root causes of serious health conditions and use her office to reach young families across the state".
The Surgeon General oversees the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, an elite group of over 6 000 uniformed officers who are public health professionals.
Dr Nadine Burke Harris graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996, and later went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine.
After earning her first degree, she then earned a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and completed her residency in paediatrics at Stanford University.
As a national leader in paediatric medicine and founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, Dr Harris has served as an advisor on former California's Governor Jerry Brown’s 'Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force'.
She also served as a committee member for the American Academy of Paediatrics' Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee.
Dr Harris was also a former appointee by then-mayor Gavin Newsom to the San Francisco Citizens’ Committee for Community Development.
In her new role, she would remain dedicated to her work of helping underserved communities and improving the health of children who are exposed to traumatic experiences.
Meanwhile, Dr Harris recently got engaged with American actress Kerry Washington in a discussion about self care-related issues.
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