Former state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees heading to Brown University

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Rivkees spent much of his last year on the job out of public view.

Dr. Scott Rivkees, who led Florida’s initial response to the coronavirus pandemic as head of the state health department, has accepted a job at Brown University.

The Brown University School of Public Health announced this week Rivkees is joining its faculty as part of an effort to further the school’s work on pandemic preparedness. In a statement, Rivkees said his new post “provides a unique opportunity to focus on the practice of public health and share that knowledge with those entrusted to keep the public safe and healthy.”

The announcement comes about week after it became public that Rivkees submitted his resignation to the University of Florida, where he had been chair of the school’s pediatrics department.

Rivkees was named as Florida surgeon general and health secretary by Gov. Ron DeSantis is April 2019. His contract with the state expired this fall and was replaced by current Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo in September.

Rivkees spent much of his last year on the job out of public view.

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  • Ron Ogden

    November 26, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Good for him.
    I’ve searched within the story for a reason why this rates as news, and not finding any, I have to assume the value of it is that it offers FLAPOL a chance to post an unflattering photo of the Governor, which it does three times.

  • ScienceBLVR

    November 27, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    On the contrary..I find this article quite newsworthy and curious.Brown U must have some agenda or is paying back an obligation by hiring Rivkees. To think it’s for his expertise in pandemic preparedness is laughable. Another one of DeSantis’s lackeys on to greener pastures. Still can’t figure out if he left because he had a conscience and refused to spew the governor’s red meat to the base bullshit about Covid, or was forced out so Ron could install this current nut, as Floridas surgeon general. I just know the bar to get that job must be pretty low.

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