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Monday, July 2, 2007

Surgeon general

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2007 at 2:05 PM

As expected. Gov. Mike Beebe today named Dr. Joe Thompson the state surgeon general. Release on jump.


Governor Mike Beebe has named Dr. Joe Thompson of Little Rock as Surgeon General for the State of Arkansas.

            “Arkansas’s Surgeon General will be the pre-eminent champion for health education in our state,” Beebe said. “Joe has long been a leader in the tireless effort to improve the health and health care of our people and is a natural fit to be the first Arkansan to hold this position.”

            Thompson, 45, has served as the Chief Health Officer of Arkansas since 2005.  Under Act 384 of 2007, the Arkansas legislature abolished that position and created the post of Surgeon General.  While assuming that role, Thompson will continue to serve as director of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, which supports public- and private-sector efforts to improve health.

            Board-certified in both pediatrics and preventive medicine, Thompson maintains a pediatric practice at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and serves on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  He is one of the architects of the state’s Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act that led to Arkansas becoming one of only a handful of states to dedicate all funds from the Master Settlement Agreement to health-related programs.

            Thompson, a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, received his medical degree from UAMS, and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina.


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