Happy Birthday to Dr. Antonia Coello Novello

Happy Birthday to Dr. Antonia Coello Novello, pediatrician and US Surgeon General, born on August 23, 1944 in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.  Novello is the first woman, first Hispanic, and first Puerto Rican appointed as US Surgeon General.  At her swearing in ceremony at the White House, Novello quipped, “The American dream is alive and well today … I might say today the West Side Story comes to the West Wing.”  Novello had interned at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital, and worked as deputy director at the National Institute of Health.