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Capitol Health Call
July 11, 2007

Nominee Under Fire

JAMA. 2007;298(2):166. doi:10.1001/jama.298.2.166-c

Gay rights organizations are calling on the Senate to reject the nomination of James Holsinger, MD, PhD, to become Surgeon General because of a paper he wrote 16 years ago that described homosexuality as “biologically unnatural.”

Holsinger, who serves as chair in the health sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, was nominated May 24 by President George W. Bush to replace Richard H. Camora, MD, whose 4-year term expired last summer. At the time of his nomination, Bush praised Holsinger for his focus on educating parents and children about childhood obesity.

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