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Tough road to confirmation: FL Senate finally okays Surgeon General Scott Rivkees

BY: - March 13, 2020

The Florida Senate finally confirmed Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, overcoming controversies and concerns that the pediatric specialist and renowned medical researcher may not have advanced public health credentials for the tasks that lie ahead. The Senate vote Friday was 31-9. As Surgeon General and head of the Florida Department of Health, Rivkees will face […]

Gov. DeSantis moves to declare a public health emergency, as two coronavirus cases emerge in Florida

BY: - March 2, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Sunday evening that “two individuals” in Florida tested positive for the deadly coronavirus that has become a global epidemic,  with United States cases on the rise. The two people who “tested presumptively positive” are residents of west- central Florida’s Manatee County and Hillsborough County, according to an executive order by the […]

FL Surgeon General confirmation: Tampa doctor questions Rivkees’ qualifications, considers him a “public health novice”

BY: - February 5, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointed surgeon general of Florida, Scott Rivkees, faces questions over whether he is qualified to be the chief state health official in Florida. A Tampa doctor traveled to Tallahassee this week to tell lawmakers that Rivkees isn’t qualified in the key area of public health administration, despite his top medical credentials. Tazia […]

FL Surgeon General defends past “reports about sexual harassment and some impropriety,” as senators weigh his confirmation

BY: - January 16, 2020

With state senators weighing his confirmation, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees strongly defended his background Wednesday, saying “what has been reported truly is mischaracterization of the facts.” Rivkees, who also heads the Florida Department of Health, was appointed nine months ago by Gov. Ron DeSantis. But after mounting scrutiny last year, he had not been […]

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Is Gov. DeSantis’ pick for FL surgeon general qualified, based on state law?

BY: - April 12, 2019

Amid the allegations, scrutiny and bad press over Gov. DeSantis’ pick for Florida’s surgeon general comes a fundamental question: Is Dr. Scott Rivkees qualified, by law, for the job? The University of Florida professor and chair of pediatrics has lofty academic degrees, medical training and a list of accomplishments, according to biographical material. But the […]

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Will Florida’s new surgeon general survive all the scrutiny?

BY: - April 8, 2019

A week after appointing a new surgeon general for Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to stem the bad press over the pick, even as the state Senate has decided to postpone confirmation hearings. The governor’s office late Friday released a series of positive letters about Dr. Scott Rivkees, who was appointed April 1 as […]

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DeSantis pick to be Fl surgeon general subject of UF sexual harassment investigation

BY: - April 3, 2019

Newly appointed Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees is already in hot water. The New Service of Florida is reporting that Rivkees, who was appointed to his post on Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, was the subject of a sexual harassment investigation in 2012 while at the University of Florida. Rivkees, who is chairman of the […]

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A new surgeon general for Florida

BY: - April 1, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday appointed a new surgeon general and revived the state Office of Drug Control. DeSantis tapped Dr. Scott Rivkees, a professor and chair of the pediatrics department at the University of Florida College of Medicine, as the new surgeon general. Rivkees will also serve as the secretary of the state Department […]