by Max Brantley
Governor-Elect Asa Hutchinson has announced Dr. Greg Bledsoe as the state’s new Surgeon General. Starting January 26, 2015, Bledsoe will also join the faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine in the College of Medicine.
Governor-Elect Hutchinson issued the following statement on Dr. Greg Bledsoe:
“Over the course of his career, Dr. Greg Bledsoe has experienced tremendous success, both nationally and internationally — just some of the many reasons I am pleased to announce him as Arkansas’s new Surgeon General. I have had the pleasure of knowing Greg for some time, and there is no doubt that he will serve our state and people well in this new role.”
UAMS issued the following statement on Dr. Greg Bledsoe:
"We have been looking for a faculty member with Dr. Bledsoe's expertise and are very pleased to have him join UAMS and the Department of Emergency Medicine," said Dr. Rawle “Tony” Seupaul, Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. “In addition to caring for patients in the UAMS ED, Greg will participate in injury prevention research currently being conducted at UAMS, home of the state's only Level 1 Trauma Center. His clinical work and pursuit of impactful scientific discovery will nicely complement his role as Surgeon General."
Dr. Bledsoe is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is currently Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine of Marshall Medical Center South in Alabama. He completed medical school and residency at UAMS in 2002. He then spent five years on faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completing a two-year fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Bledsoe’s international medical experience includes time in Honduras, Tanzania, Sudan, China, Qatar, Antarctica, and the Arctic, including the North Pole. He was also the personal physician to former President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s tour of Africa in 2002 and has served as an instructor and medical consultant for the United States Secret Service.
He is the son of Dr. James Bledsoe and Arkansas State Senator Cecile Bledsoe.