Dr. Michael W. Smith, who became the first African-American to be appointed to the prestigious position of surgeon general of the United States, told the Miami Herald he has been asked by a number of countries to travel to the Caribbean in the future.
“It is an exciting opportunity,” he said.
“It gives me an opportunity to share my experience and my knowledge with the Caribbean community and the world.
I hope it gives them the opportunity to be a part of this new era of American leadership in medicine and science.”
Dr. Smith is also an honorary professor of medicine at the University of Miami, where he is an adjunct professor of pediatrics.
He was born in New Orleans, and has spent his entire career in the medical field.
In an interview with USA Today last year, he said he had no regrets about being the first black surgeon general.
“[The surgeon general] was a great opportunity for me,” he explained.
“I’m not one to get caught up in the past, so I’ve never had any regrets about my decision.
I’m looking forward to the next chapter of American medicine.”
In December, the medical community of the Caribbean country of Dominica also welcomed a new African-Americans to its ranks.
Dr. Christopher H. Mabry, a pediatrician and surgeon in Miami, was appointed as the country’s first black doctor.
Dr. Mabbry, who has been in charge of pediatric care at the hospital since April 2018, is also the first physician to serve in the position of pediatric surgeon general in Dominica.
In a statement issued by the Dominican Republic, the government thanked Dr. Mabinry for his service.
“Dr. Christopher Mabrys appointment to the position as pediatric surgeon in Dominico is a very important step towards a more inclusive Dominican Republic and for the advancement of diversity within the medical profession,” the statement read.
The appointment of Dr. Haim Garten as the first non-African American surgeon general will likely have no impact on the medical care in Dominican medical facilities, where Dr. Garten is currently the president of the Association of Pediatric Surgeons.
Dr Haim and Dr. Kavita Ramakrishnan, the first woman to hold the position, will also be joining the medical workforce of the country as soon as they are eligible to join.
Haim Gartner, a professor of pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Kaviva Ramakar are the first doctors in the world to hold two positions in the same profession, and both have held positions in both the US and Dominica, according to the Johns College of Medicine.
“We are honored and humbled to be selected to serve our country and to lead our nation, and it’s an honor to serve as the leader of the African American community in the Dominican republic,” Dr. Ramakara said.
As the first person to hold both the surgeon general and the pediatric surgeon office in the country, Dr. W. J. Hargrove will be able to lead his patients to better treatment.
On March 1, 2018, President Donald Trump announced he would appoint Dr. John F. Kennedy as the new surgeon general, replacing John M. Burton, who was the first president to serve two consecutive terms.
A number of other notable African- American leaders have been appointed to positions in medicine, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964, Drs.
Theodore Roosevelt and Andrew Johnson in the 1920s, and Drs James Baldwin and Frederick Douglass in the 1890s.