Vivek Murthy

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Vivek Murthy
19th and 21st Surgeon General of the United States
Assumed office
March 25, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byJerome Adams
In office
December 18, 2014 – April 21, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
DeputySylvia Trent-Adams
Preceded byBoris Lushniak (acting)
Succeeded byJerome Adams
Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Board
In office
November 9, 2020 – January 20, 2021
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
Vivek Hallegere Murthy

(1977-07-10) July 10, 1977 (age 46)
Huddersfield, England, UK
Political partyDemocratic
Alice Chen (m. 2015)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Yale University (MD, MBA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Years of service2014—2017
Rank Vice Admiral

Vivek Hallegere Murthy (born July 10, 1977) is an American physician and a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Murthy is the 21st and current Surgeon General of the United States since 2021 during the Joe Biden presidency. Before, he served as the 19th Surgeon General from 2014 through 2017 during the Barack Obama presidency.[1]

Murthy, founder of nonprofit Doctors for Obama, replaced Boris Lushniak, who had been acting Surgeon General since 2013.[1] Murthy was the first Surgeon General of Indian descent and was the youngest active duty flag officer in federal uniformed service.

On April 21, 2017, Murthy was relieved of his duties but will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams was named acting Surgeon General.[2]

On November 9, 2020, then President-elect of the United States Joe Biden announced that Murthy would co-chair his COVID-19 Advisory Board, alongside former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner David A. Kessler and Yale public health professor Marcella Nunez-Smith.[3] On December 3, Politico reported that Murthy would return to the role of Surgeon General in the Biden administration.[4] His nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 23, 2021 with a 57-43 vote.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Clark, Charles S. (December 23, 2014). "Health Service Marks Banner Year Without a Surgeon General". Government Executive. National Journal Group. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  2. "Surgeon general dismissed, replaced by Trump administration". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  3. "Biden-Harris Transition Announces COVID-19 Advisory Board". President-Elect Joe Biden. 2020-11-09. Archived from the original on 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2020-11-09.
  4. Alice Miranda Ollstein; Tyler Pager (2020-12-03). "Zients, Murthy tapped to head up Biden's Covid-19 response". Politico. Retrieved 2020-12-03.
  5. "Senate confirms Dr. Vivek Murthy as US surgeon general". CNN. March 23, 2021.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Boris Lushniak
Surgeon General of the United States
Succeeded by
Sylvia Trent-Adams