Obama Nominates Hospitalist, Political Ally Surgeon General
Nov. 15—President Barack Obama nominated Vivek H. Murthy, MD, for U.S. Surgeon General this week.
Murthy, 36, has practiced as a hospitalist attending physician and instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School since 2006.
He was an early supporter of the Obama’s campaign for the presidency, and was cofounder and president of Doctors for America, which pushed for enactment of the Affordable Care Act.
Obama’s first surgeon general, Regina Benjamin, MD, stepped down in July and Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, MD, a rear admiral, has served as acting surgeon general since then.
Murthy cofounded and served as chairman of the board of TrialNetworks, formerly known as Epernicus, since 2007.
His advocacy work has included cofounding the not-for-profit HIV/AIDS education initiative VISIONS Worldwide in 1995.
Murthy received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a graduate degree from Yale School of Management, and a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine.
In 2011, Murthy was appointed to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.
Confirmation to the post requires Senate approval.
Publication Date: Friday, November 15, 2013