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The Nation

President Bush announced the appointment of Dr. Burton Lee III as the White House physician. Lee’s chief responsibility will be the health of the First Family and the White House staff. A native of New York City, Lee, 58, has been a physician at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center since 1960. In a recent interview, Lee said he hoped to adopt a higher profile than his predecessors and advise Bush on policy matters ranging from AIDS to health care financing. Lee said he hopes to expand a job that traditionally is thrust into the limelight only during times of presidential injury or infirmity. Lee is a longtime friend of Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady.


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