"Dr. Reginald Washington recently allowed that he “had a lot of fun” while attending Saint Mary’s High School in Colorado Springs. He wouldn’t elaborate. After all, he is an internationally respected pediatric cardiologist and hospital leader. But, Washington wryly conceded, “The principal knew me very well.”

It was an improbable leap from there to Washington’s 2006 achievement as a finalist for U.S. surgeon general under President George W. Bush. The surgeon general is the nation’s No. 1 spokesperson on matters of public health."

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