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President Nominates New Surgeon General

President Obama will nominate Vivek Hallegere Murthy, M.D., as the new Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services.

Murthy is the co-founder and president of Doctors for America, a position he has held since 2009. He is also a hospitalist attending physician and instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, a position he has held since 2006. In 2011, Murthy was appointed to serve as a member of the advisory group on prevention, health promotion, and integrative and public health. He has been the co-founder and chairman of the board of TrialNetworks, formerly known as Epernicus, since 2007. Murthy co-founded VISIONS Worldwide in 1995, a non-profit organization focused on HIV/AIDS education in India and the United States, where he served as president from 1995 to 2000 and chairman of the board from 2000 to 2003. He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management, and an M.D. from Yale School of Medicine.

“We congratulate Dr. Vivek Murthy on his nomination to be the next surgeon general of the United States,” said Alice Chen, M.D., executive director of Doctors for America executive director. “He has been a tireless leader in bringing together 16,000 doctors and medical students from all 50 states for the common cause of improving the health of the nation. He brings two decades of experience as a champion in improving health, building coalitions and bringing diverse people together to bring better health to communities.”

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