Despite vaccine controversies, Florida's Surgeon General Joe Ladapo was a shining star at the University of Florida, but professors soon turned against him. An unnamed professor even went as far as to blast him for "undoubtedly sullied the academic reputation."
Hefty salary and not much else
According to Politico, Newsweek, and MSNBC reports, DeSantis' pick for the state's top medical official, who earns $262,000, allegedly did little to justify it. Politico reported, "Professors had anticipated Ladapo would bring at least $600,000 in grant funding to his new appointment from his previous job at UCLA." That didn't happen, and the outlet further noted, "He edited science research manuscripts, gave a guest lecture for grad students, and wrote a memoir about his vaccine skepticism."
State Senator blasted Ladapo
Tina Polsky, state Senator told Politco, "This guy is a charlatan." She continued, "He’s not looking out for anyone’s health, and he’s going to campaign with DeSantis." Polsky added that Ladapo has "word salad answers for everything."
A former colleague also slammed Ladapo
"A lot of people here at UCLA are glad that he is gone because we were embarrassed by his opinions and behavior. At the same time, we don’t wish this on the people of Florida. They don’t deserve to have someone like him making their health decisions," a source told MBSNC's Kay Guerrero.
A current coworker echoed this sentiment
“Dr. Ladapo has undoubtedly sullied the academic reputation of the University,” the professor told Politico, adding, “He continues to detract from the incredible science and outstanding clinical work being done by real UF scientists and clinicians.” This comes as no surprise, as many outlets previously reported that Ladapo’s former supervisor advised Florida University against his hiring.
The UCLA supervisor said that Ladapo’s "weird" theories “created a stressful environment for his research and clinical colleagues and associates,” which led some to think that he “violated the duty in the Hippocratic Oath to behave honestly and ethically," MSNBC writes.
Hitting the campaign trail
Florida Politics reported, "Florida’s Surgeon General is headed to the Granite State, hitting the campaign trail for the man who hired him next week. Dr. Joseph Ladapo will appear with Ron DeSantis Wednesday at an event hosted by the Never Back Down super PAC." The Orlando Sentinel described Ladapo as a “COVID crank” alleging association "with a right-wing group."
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