News of her appointment was quickly celebrated in the medical community and on social media. Dr. Ali R. Tayyeb tweeted: “OK… The nurse to become the acting surgeon generals name is Rear Admiral Susan Orsega… It’s not just Susan Orsega, Ms, not Mrs, not Ortega … please get the title and spelling of this Nurse Leaders name correct if you’re posting or writing about this Nurse Leader.” Jann Alexander tweeted: “She is Rear Admiral (RADM) Susan Orsega, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN. A Nurse-Practitioner with training at the M.D. level. Give her her due”
The surgeon general oversees the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. It’s unclear when the official announcement of Orsega’s appointment will happen. The president announced in December that Vivek Murthy, who served under former President Barack Obama, would be the Biden administration’s permanent pick for the position, but a vacancy was created when Deputy Surgeon General Erica Schwartz, who wasn’t named to the role, retired, The Washington Post reported. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who former President Donald Trump appointed, was asked to resign.
Trump formerly fired Murthy to appoint nurse Sylvia Trent-Adams to serve as his acting surgeon general, the Post reported. “The committee is ready to go with an aggressive scheduling of hearings once we organize, with nominations being a top priority,” Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee spokesperson Madeleine Russak told the Post.