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Chief medical officer (CMO) is the title used in many countries for the senior government official designated head of medical services, sometimes at the national level. The post is held by a physician who serves to advise and lead a team of medical experts on matters of public health importance.[1]

The post of chief medical officer dates back to Victorian times.[2] The equivalent title may go under different names across countries, for example, the Surgeon General in the United States and the Chief Public Health Officer in Canada.

By extension, chief medical officer is also used as a job title, for the physician who is the professional lead of all physicians at a hospital.[3]

The top doctor aboard a starship in Star Trek, such as Dr. Leonard H. McCoy, is also called a chief medical officer.

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References

  1. ^ Department of Health, UK. Chief Medical Officer. Accessed 19 Jan. 2012.
  2. ^ "History of the post of Chief Medical Officer". UK Department of Health. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  3. ^ Victorian times.[2] The equivalent title may go under different names across countries, for example, the Surgeon General in the United States and the Chief Public Health Officer in Canada.

    By extension, chief medical officer is also used as a job title, for the physician who is the professional lead of all physicians at a hospital.[3]

    The top doctor aboard a starship in Star Trek, such as Dr. Leonard H. McCoy, is also called a chief medical officer.