November 30, 2023

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Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo hasn’t begun working at UF yet

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Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, the UCLA professor whose hire at University of Florida College of Medicine was fast-tracked with the help of a top political supporter of Gov. Ron DeSantis, hasn’t started his academic job yet.

Three months after accepting the full professorship with tenure position, Ladapo has not taught a class or done any research at the state’s flagship university, UF officials said.

“Because he started after the academic semester was underway, he was not assigned to teach this past fall,” said Ken Garcia, spokesman for UF Health, in an email to the USA TODAY Network-Florida. “We are still in the process of onboarding him to his faculty appointment and finalizing details related to his duties and responsibilities.”

Classes at UF began Aug. 23 and ended Dec. 8, according to the university’s academic calendar

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