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Gov. Ron DeSantis taps head of UF pediatrics research to lead health agency

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Gov. Ron DeSantis taps head of UF pediatrics research to lead health agency

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Gov. Ron DeSantis taps head of UF pediatrics research to lead health agency

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday named Dr. Scott Rivkees, chairman of pediatrics at the University of Florida medical school, as surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Rivkees is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and had postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. He will lead an agency with a $3 billion budget and more than 13,400 employees. See the announcement here and read more from the and the Tampa Bay Times.

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