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Antonia Novello: 1944—: Pediatrician Biography

Childhood Illness Led To Medical Career, Became Nation's Leading Doctor, Fought For America's Health

Antonia Novello: 1944—: Pediatrician.

Antonia Novello overcame childhood poverty and illness to become one of the leading doctors in America. She was trained as a pediatrician and served in the United States Public Health Service. After spending several years at the National Institute of Health, Novello was appointed United States Surgeon General by President George Bush. She was the first woman and first Hispanic to hold this position. Novello used this role to bring national attention to important health issues, such as alcohol abuse, smoking, violence, and AIDS, as well as issues that especially affected women and Hispanics.

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