New Florida surgeon general gets big fat pay raise


A week after being hired, Florida’s new surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, gets a 72% pay raise. Lapado will earn $250,000. His predecessor Dr. Scott Rivkees was only paid $145,000.

The Florida Legislature budgeted $1.2 million for raises for department heads and gave the power to decide how to allocate the money. Lapado got the largest raise. The Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault saw his pay jump from $146,823 to $200,000 – 36% increase. Simone Marstiller, Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, also had his salary move up to $200,000 – 21% increase.


4 thoughts on “New Florida surgeon general gets big fat pay raise

  1. I also see 4 underage 18 are hospitalized with COVID, most likely they caught it at school but perhaps not everyone should be quarantined but monitored closely and people around them protect themselves, because life must go on.

    The adult numbers for hospitalizations are going down. Personally I’m still staying away from people, masked and vaccinated because I can.

    For the ones who choose to plow through then perhaps it’s ok. I hope the best for them as we are navigating this pandemic.

    I’m thinking of the story of the pilgrims and the colony at Plymouth. In the end after the virus wiped out many in the native tribes and the colony almost failed during the harsh winter, the ones who survived and cooperated probably weren’t all that adamant about their differences and opinions on religion and culture and decided to live together to survive.

    Hopefully the families are vaccinated and children will get vaccinated when it becomes available. They may have developed natural immunity.

    We’ll see how this turns out.

    I don’t care what they pay the Dr. really.

  2. This may seem off topic but it is within the thought process of the new order for schools by this Dr.
    I was at first again flabberedgasted at the hiring of this person and the quarantine order and sudden change at the FDOH level, yet I see the full stadiums and sports being played and saw that that Dr. Smith supported it.

    With that and an open mind, take a look at this link posted on the district webpage.

    Over 99% of the students and staff are unaffected. Perhaps getting the parents more on board will be useful in navigating this pandemic. I do follow the science of masks and quarantine and vaccines and know vaccines have been mandated in the past. Yet I am watching that link and I believe it is an indicator and that a rapid response at each level and using all the tools available, although not perfect is a path forward.

  3. I don’t have a problem with the salary. I have a problem with his signing the Great Barrington Declaration, his negative opinion on the necessity of vaccines, and his ridiculous order on student quarantine protocols. Being the creature of DeSantis, I’m sure more asinine things will be coming from FDOH soon.

  4. Seems like a reasonable salary for a Doctor with these credentials..

    Dr. Ladapo was recently granted a professorship at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine. Prior to joining UF, he served as an associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) caring for hospitalized patients. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Dr. Ladapo also holds an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
    Dr. Ladapo graduated from Wake Forest University and received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his PhD in Health Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

    Dr. Ladapo was born in Nigeria. He immigrated to the United States when he was 5 years old, along with his family, as his father, a microbiologist, came to the country to continue his studies.

    During his time at Wake Forest University, Dr. Ladapo was a decathlete on the university’s varsity track and field team, serving as the team’s captain. Dr. Ladapo has a passion for mentoring middle and high school students, which he has done for much of his career.

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