|19th Surgeon General of the United States|
December 18, 2014 – April 21, 2017
|Preceded by||Boris Lushniak (acting)|
|Succeeded by||Sylvia Trent-Adams (acting)|
|Born||Vivek Hallegere Murthy
July 10, 1977
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
|Height||6 ft (183 cm)|
|Spouse(s)||Alice Chen (m. 2015)|
|Alma mater||Harvard University
|Service/branch||U.S. Public Health Service|
|Years of service||2014–present|
|Unit||USPHS Commissioned Corps|
Vivek Hallegere Murthy (born July 10, 1977) is an American physician and a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. Murthy, founder of nonprofit Doctors for America, succeeded Boris Lushniak, who had been Acting Surgeon General since 2013. Murthy was the first Surgeon General of Indian descent and was the youngest active duty flag officer in federal uniformed service.
Early life and education
Murthy was born in July 10, 1977, in Huddersfield, England, to immigrants from Karnataka, India. When he was three years old, the family relocated to Miami, Florida, where Murthy completed his early education, graduating as valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1994. He then attended college at Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in Biochemical Sciences. In 2003, Murthy earned an MD from Yale School of Medicine and an MBA in Health Care Management from Yale School of Management, where he was a recipient of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 2006 at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
While a Harvard freshman in 1995, Murthy co-founded VISIONS Worldwide, which he led for eight years. The nonprofit organization focused on HIV/AIDS education in the U.S. and India. In 1997, he co-founded Swasthya Community Health Partnership to help women to be health providers and educators to rural Indians.
Murthy completed his residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Murthy has also led and managed medical care teams at Brigham and Women's Hospital for over a decade. He has trained hundreds of medical students and residents and has cared for thousands of patients as an internal medicine physician. He also continues to practice medicine.
He is also a founder and president of Doctors for Obama, later Doctors for America, a group of 15,000 physicians and medical students supporting comprehensive health reform. He has managed staff and hundreds of volunteers, developed and executed strategic plans and national and local initiatives around coverage and prevention. He has also directed fundraising, managed budgets, built a broad array of partnerships with community-based organizations across the country. In 2011, Murthy was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The group advises the National Prevention Council on developing strategies and partnerships to advance the nation's health.
He is co-founder and chairman of TrialNetworks, a cloud-based Clinical Trial Optimization System for pharmaceutical and biotechnology trials that improves the quality and efficiency of clinical trials to bring new drugs to market faster and more safely. He founded the company as Epernicus in 2008 to originally be a collaborative networking web platform for scientists to boost research productivity.
Surgeon General of the United States
In November 2013, Murthy was nominated by President Obama for the post of United States Surgeon General. His nomination met some initial resistance in the Senate by both Democrats and Republicans. The most opposition came from the National Rifle Association regarding previous comments Dr. Murthy made citing gun violence as a threat to public health. However, Murthy said in his confirmation hearings he would not use the office of Surgeon General as a bully pulpit for gun control.
Murthy's nomination received broad support from over 100 medical and public health organizations in the U.S., including the American College of Physicians, the American Public Health Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association. He received the endorsements of two former Surgeons General, Dr. David Satcher and Dr. Regina Benjamin. Another former Surgeon General, Dr. Richard Carmona opposed the appointment based on the lack of Dr. Murthy's experience in public health and medicine in general.
On December 15, 2014, Murthy's appointment as Surgeon General was approved in a 51–43 Senate vote.
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