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California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris Abruptly Resigns

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By Evan Symon, February 2, 2022 11:56 am

California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris abruptly resigned with no explanation on Tuesday after serving for three years since the post was first created by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2019.

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Born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1975, Burke Harris immigrated to the US at age 4. After receiving degrees from UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, Harvard, and Stanford, Burke Harris began practicing medicine in San Francisco. She quickly focused on pediatrics and traumatic experiences and became of the leading doctors on toxic stress and toxic stress treatment. In the early 2010’s, she led the Adverse Childhood Experiences project in the city, working with many medical and governmental higher-ups including then District Attorney Kamala Harris.

She soon became the Chief Executive for the Center of Youth Wellness in San Francisco, a position she held until February of 2019 when Governor Gavin Newsom chose her to become California’s first Surgeon General. While Newsom had asked her to help tackle the state’s health problems, with a focus on combating the root causes of serious health conditions, Burke Harris tended to avoid the public eye and initially largely focused on young Californians. In particular, she worked on screening and treating them for adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress, as well as health equity.

However, after the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in early 2020, Burke Harris was among California’s governmental leaders in responding to it, playing a large role in correcting vaccine and treatment inequities. A the same time, she was seen by many as ineffective or ‘do-nothing’ for not pushing past pediatric, trauma, or COVID-19 treatments during her tenure.

“She rarely ventured beyond her wheelhouse,” said a San Francisco physician who wished to remain anonymous who had dealt with the Office of Surgeon General during the Pandemic. “The office of Surgeon General is to cover all Californians, but she never really did it and was always more focused on her work with kids and trauma. She didn’t really venture out much until COVID hit either. She went after the root causes of health conditions like Newsom asked, granted, but she did not like to leave that comfort zone.”

Despite criticism of her three-year tenure, lawmakers had nothing but praise for Burke Harris on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Dr. Burke Harris’ expertise and leadership in championing equity, mental health and early childhood development have been instrumental in advancing the health and well-being of Californians,” noted Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. “I thank her for the impactful initiatives and frameworks she has put in place as California’s first-ever Surgeon General, and we’ll continue this important work to create healthier communities across the state.”

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly added that Burke Harris had “disrupted persistent stubborn health inequities and disparities during the pandemic. The important work of the office of the California surgeon general is only beginning, and I am grateful to Nadine for her vision and contributions and for setting us on this path.”

California’s first Surgeon General

Burke Harris noted in a statement on Wednesday that while she was proud to have been Surgeon General, the pressures of responding to the pandemic weighed on her and that she decided to want to care more for herself and her family after leaving the position later this month.

“Serving as the surgeon general during the greatest public crisis in a century has been the experience of a lifetime,” said Burke Harris. “I am incredibly proud to have been part of a team that, together, worked tirelessly to protect the health and well-being of all Californians. Our efforts ensured that California had the lowest cumulative mortality rate among patients with COVID-19 of any large state.

“I have always said, self-care isn’t selfish. That isn’t just something I say. They are words that I live by. As I transition out of this role and focus on prioritizing care for myself and my family, I will never stop supporting efforts to improve the health and well-being of our communities.”

Burke Harris will continue to serve as Surgeon General until February 11th. Chief Health Officer Dr. Devika Bhushan will serve as acting Surgeon General until Governor Newsom appoints a new doctor to that position. As of Wednesday, there has been no announcement on who will become the second Surgeon General of California.

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12 thoughts on “California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris Abruptly Resigns

  1. Ordinarily, it would be good news to wave goodbye to this leftist agenda-driven “surgeon general.” But not when we have to hold our breath to see who Gruesome will appoint next and if that person will be worse.

    1. We will see many of these SG resign and go underground because they know this is what’s coming for ALL of them! History repeats itself. Here’s what trhe people did to those doctors involved…it’s coming!

      Text from François Bonivard (1493–1570), “Chronicles of Geneva”, second volume, pages 395 – 402:

      “When the bubonic plague struck Geneva in 1530, everything was ready. They even opened a whole hospital for the plague victims. With doctors, paramedics and nurses. The traders contributed, the magistrate gave grants every month. The patients always gave money, and if one of them died alone, all the goods went to the hospital.

      But then a disaster happened: the plague was dying out, while the subsidies depended on the number of patients. There was no question of right and wrong for the Geneva hospital staff in 1530. If the plague produces money, then the plague is good. And then the doctors got organized.

      Read more: https://samim.io/p/2021-12-23-this-week-we-time-travel-to-1530-and-geneva/

  2. Considering the position was created in 2019, she probably realized she’d be the fall guy when the Plandemic comes crashing down, and children suffer adverse affects. Maybe Ghaly should follow her lead. Latest news from Reiner Fuellmich, they will begin Nuremberg 2.0 trials in the next week… Fauci, Gates, Bourla, etc.

  3. Maybe she saw the light and realized her boss was the source of the adverse childhood experiences she was tasked with solving.

    But I doubt it.

  4. Knowing Grusome Newscum, she probably was advising him to drop a lot of the mandates, he probably asked for her resignation “so she could spend time with her family”..!! He’s a very controlling guy.

    Maybe, after the fiasco last weekend at the Rams/9’ers game, he’ll now appoint Beetlejuice #2, Barbara Ferrer. #1 is Lori Lightfoot of Chicago.

  5. Rats deserting a sinking ship. There are consequences coming for all those people involved in pushing the clot shot. Those millions of deaths will have to be paid for but running won’t save them.

  6. Sever “corporate” from “health care”, let doctors get back to practicing the medical training and experience they already have, and we have no need of a state surgeon general.

  7. 1. She was chosen for her race and gender and was never qualified.
    2. She was complicit in the systematic violation of Californians’ Constitutionally guaranteed rights. For that she should be imprisoned for life.

  8. Most of the above folks might do well to pause and do their homework. They may wish to view “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime” (TED, 18:28). Perhaps first, however, they might read up on trauma and its effects. There is now a rapidly expanding body of work wherein trauma is being better understood and accordingly its treatment, especially as neuroscience advances. As for her public health measures, perhaps a standard textbook on virology or epidemiology might help. Do your homework before passing judgment please.

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