A South Bay dark horse for surgeon general?
Although the buzz has been that President-elect Barack Obama is going to CNN for his surgeon general nominee, the Daily Breeze is reporting that a South Bay doctor has emerged as a dark-horse candidate. Meet Dr. Charles Rosen:
For the past five years, Dr. Charles Rosen has led a crusade against physician kickbacks from private companies, angering many in his own profession.
Given his high-profile reputation as a whistle-blower -- he even testified before a U.S. Senate panel about unethical marketing practices -- the Manhattan Beach resident would seem an unlikely pick for the nation's highest-ranking and most prominent doctor.
But officials at the University of California, Irvine, where Rosen works as a professor of orthopedics, and others say he is on the short list for President-elect Barack Obama's pick for U.S. surgeon general.
"I was a little surprised to hear that," said Rosen, a South Bay resident for 20 years. "It certainly wasn't anything I was seeking out or expecting."