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A University of Florida committee finds irregularities in the hiring of Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo

Florida Surgeon General
Chris O'Meara
Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo speaks to supporters and the media before a bill signing by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, FL.

A faculty committee charged with looking into how the University of Florida hired controversial Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo says there were “numerous irregularities” in the hiring of the Harvard-trained physician and researcher that concerned committee members.

According to a report from the committee released Wednesday, the way Ladapo was hired appeared to violate the spirit of UF hiring regulations and procedures, especially in the role faculty play in evaluating the qualifications of their peers.

The report says administrators accelerated Ladapo’s start date to accommodate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ announcement that the physician would become the state’s next surgeon general.