Vivek Murthy

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Vivek Murthy
Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, USPHS.jpg
Surgeon General of the United States
Assuming office
PresidentJoe Biden
SucceedingJerome Adams
In office
December 18, 2014 – April 21, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byBoris Lushniak (acting)
Succeeded bySylvia Trent-Adams (acting)
Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Board
Assumed office
January 20, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
Preceded byMike Pence
Personal details
Vivek Hallegere Murthy

(1977-07-10) July 10, 1977 (age 43)
Huddersfield, England, UK
Political partyDemocratic
Alice Chen (m. 2015)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Yale University (MD, MBA)

Vivek Hallegere Murthy (born July 10, 1977) is an American physician and a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014 through 2017.[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, 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]

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. 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.

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