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A South Bay dark horse for surgeon general?

January 16, 2009 |  7:23 am

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."

--Shelby Grad

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