Dr. John Armstrong, Florida’s surgeon general and Health Department secretary, on Thursday said he has colon cancer and will be undergoing surgery Friday. Armstrong, appointed in 2012, disclosed his diagnosis in a note to department employees.
“We all know health is personal, and today I need to share with you how it is impacting my life,” he said.
Armstrong, a trauma surgeon, said Dr. Celeste Philip, the department’s deputy secretary, would be acting secretary while he recovers.
“I appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time,” Armstrong said.