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Since Dr. Sanjay Gupta withdrew his name for Surgeon General I nominate Dr. Ian Smith.

Who is Dr. Ian Smith you may ask?

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Dr. Ian smith is probably most famous for the 50 million pound challenge as well as being the medical and diet expert on Vh1's celebrity for club.

He is a staple on many urban radio shows such as The Tom Joyner Morning Show.

His Bio

Dr. Ian Smith is currently the medical/diet expert on VH1’s highly-rated "Celebrity Fit Club," host of "Meet the Faith" on BET, and the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge. Dr. Smith is also the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show HealthWatch on American Urban Radio Networks. He is the former medical correspondent for NBC News network and for NewsChannel 4 where he filed reports for NBC's "Nightly News" and the "Today" show as well as WNBC's various news broadcasts. He has appeared extensively on various broadcasts including "The View," "The Tyra Banks Show," "Larry King Live," and "Anderson Cooper 360." He has written for various publications including Time, Newsweek, Men’s Health, and the New York Daily News, and has been featured in several other publications including, People, Essence, Ebony, Cosmopolitan, and University of Chicago Medicine on the Midway.
Dr. Smith's work has been honored by several organizations, including the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his coverage on the momentous events beginning on Sept. 11, 2001. Dr. Smith is very active in charitable causes, serving on several boards including the New York City Mission Society, American Council on Exercise, and the New York Council for the Humanities.

Dr. Smith graduated from Harvard College with an AB and received a master’s in science education from Teachers College of Columbia University. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed the last two years of his medical education and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Smith is also the author of five books, the #1 New York Times Bestseller Extreme Fat Smash Diet, the #1 New York Times Bestseller The Fat Smash Diet, the critically acclaimed The Blackbird Papers (2005 BCALA fiction Honor Book Award winner), Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites, and The Take-Control Diet.  He is currently at work on his second novel.

Dr. Ian Smith is a familiar face. He would do a fantastic job selling the health care plan to americans. His philosophy is centered on preventative care and eradicating hyper-tension and obesity (both of which affect minorities and low income people at a higher rate).

Originally posted to BlackBox on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 03:19 PM PST.

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