SERMO, the leading social network of doctors in the U.S., announced today the results of recent polling of the SERMO physician community about the new Ebola Czar, Ron Klain.
Seventy-nine percent of the respondents chose “No” when asked, “Do you approve of the newly appointed Ebola Czar, Ron Klain?” Twenty-one percent of physicians supported the move with a “wait and see” attitude to see how well he implements protocols to contain and prevent an Ebola outbreak in the United States.
To capture the current sentiment of physicians, SERMO frequently posts polls within the community with fresh, topical questions. Over 715 physicians responded to the SERMOsays Flash Poll on Ron Klain.
The SERMO community of over 270,000 doctors is actively discussing the latest developments in the Ebola crisis on their Infectious Disease Hub.
An ophthalmologist expressed the majority opinion when he wrote, “Something is terribly wrong when the Czar is obviously chosen on the basis of who is the most likely to contain the political fallout … The Czar should specialize in bio-terrorism and bio-warfare.”
A few physicians were willing to take a wait and see approach, one doctor wrote, “He’s running an organization, not making medical decisions. I would reserve judgment until we see the team assembled, and the responses developed and implemented.”
A SERMO member and contributor, Vice President of Ascel Bio and an infectious disease forecaster, Dr. James Wilson, MD, commented on Klain’s appointment, “The Obama Administration took positive steps to bring the Department of Defense’s expertise in rapid response and biodefense to bear with the creation of the strike teams. Sentiment in the SERMO community is positive for DoD involvement. We applaud his decision to expand the footprint of response. While the greater medical community might question the Administration’s choice of a non-medical Ebola Czar, the Department of Defense’s involvement is certainly welcomed on the frontline of civilian medical response.”
“SERMO doctors clearly have strong opinions,” said Peter Kirk, CEO of SERMO. “The community is incredibly active on Ebola. SERMO uniquely enables doctors to come together to share information and best practices, as well as opinions on how the Ebola crisis should be managed. ”