Bush picks new U.S. surgeon general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush announced on Thursday that he had picked Kentucky physician James Holsinger to become the top U.S. health educator and said he would focus on reducing childhood obesity.

Holsinger’s appointment as surgeon general requires Senate approval. He would replace Richard Carmona, who stepped down last year.

“Dr. Holsinger will particularly focus his efforts on educating parents and children about childhood obesity, a serious epidemic that decreases quality of life and burdens our healthcare system,” Bush said in a statement.

Holsinger, 68, headed up Kentucky’s health system and is the former chancellor of the University of Kentucky’s medical center. He is also a retired Army Reserve major general.