Dr. John Armstrong, a University of South Florida health official and former Army trauma surgeon, will be the state's surgeon general and Department of Health secretary, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday.
He replaces Dr. Frank Farmer, who stepped down in March to help care for his wife, Peggy, who has breast cancer.
"Dr. Armstrong is recognized as a national expert in medical team training and public health preparedness for disasters, and his leadership will be a great asset to the citizens of Florida," Scott said.
Armstrong has been chief medical officer of the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation since 2011. He is also an associate professor of surgery with USF's Morsani College of Medicine.
A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia, Armstrong completed his fellowship at Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
He spent 17 years with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, most recently as director of the Army Trauma Training Center in Miami. He starts May 23.