Gov. DeSantis sticking with Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo during second term

DeSantis said in a tweet that Ladapo has done a 'great job' since being named to the post more than a year ago.

Gov. Ron DeSantis will keep Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo around for a second term.

Ladapo, who had been on the faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles, has been a key partner with DeSantis since coming on board more than a year ago. He has been skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines and recently led the charge to convince state medical regulators to draft new rules that prevent doctors from prescribing gender-affirming care for minors.

In a tweet Monday, DeSantis said Ladapo “has done a great job” in his role as Surgeon General and Secretary of the Department of Health.

“His evidence-based principles serve as a counterweight to the increasingly political positions of the entrenched medical establishment, especially on schools, masks and mRNA shots,” DeSantis wrote.

Ladapo has been a lightning rod since he took the job and Democrats opposed his confirmation in the Senate. In October, Ladapo promoted a book he wrote by appearing on a far-right podcast that has shared QAnon-related conspiracy theories. He went on another podcast hosted by an Ohio physician who has promoted the unsupported idea that vaccines cause autism.

This is the first high-profile job for the second term that has been announced since DeSantis convincingly won his re-election bid last week. It is anticipated some top officials may leave the administration by the end of the year ahead of a strict new ethics law that will take effect. That new law prohibits agency heads from lobbying for six years once they leave their job.

Current law only requires top state officials to wait two years before they can lobby their former employer. And there is no ban on lobbying the Legislature.

The administration last week announced establishing the job portal that provides a streamlined application form for those who want to work in his administration.

Meanwhile, two former Chiefs of Staff to the Governor — Adrian Lukis and Shane Strum — as well as Miami lawyer Scott Wagner, will oversee DeSantis’s transition from his first term as Governor to his second.

Lukis is now a partner at the lobbying and public relations firm Ballard Partners, while Strum is president and CEO of Broward HealthWagner is the Vice Chair of the South Florida Water Management District.

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


  • Tjb

    November 15, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Should I clap or go quack, quack, quack for Ladapo second term? He was against the Covid vaccines, masks, and suggested a drug treatment for Covid that had no efficacy. Over 82,000 Floridians died from Covid, and on a per capita basis Florida had one of the highest Covid death rates in the USA. 2 times worst than California.

    • george227

      November 15, 2022 at 11:56 am

      He is Doctor Death.

  • george227

    November 15, 2022 at 11:55 am

    The QAnon “doctor”??
    Let him treat Trump!

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