Washington, D.C. (Nov. 19, 2013) — President Barack Obama nominated Vivek Hallegere Murthy as United States Surgeon General on November 18th.
If confirmed, Dr. Murthy, age 36, will be the first American of Indian descent to serve as U.S. Surgeon General. He will succeed Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak and Former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin who resigned in July.
Since 2009, Dr. Murthy served as the President and Co-Founder of Doctors for America. Dr. Murthy is also a Hospitalist Attending Physician and an Instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He received a B.A. from Harvard, an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management, and an M.D. from Yale School of Medicine.
Members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) issued the following statements applauding the nomination of Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General.
“I applaud President Obama for his nomination of Vivek Hallegere Murthy as the United States Surgeon General,” Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair,” said Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair. “From his work in health advocacy to his service as an attending physician and instructor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Murthy is uniquely qualified to be America’s doctor. I am excited to see the new initiatives Dr. Murthy will introduce to keep our communities healthy and I urge my Senate colleagues to move quickly on his confirmation.”
“As Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I celebrate the nomination of Vivek Hallegere Murthy as U.S. Surgeon General, and applaud President Obama for ensuring that those of Asian-American descent are well represented in his Administration,” said Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus. “If confirmed, Dr. Murthy will be the first Indian-American to serve in this post. Dr. Murthy’s nomination strengthens the AAPI community’s voice and presence, and marks a positive step toward addressing the need for greater diversity in all levels of government. As a physician, educator, and innovator, Dr. Murthy’s wealth of knowledge on public health issues will ensure his success in his new role.”
“I applaud President Obama’s choice of Vivek Hallegere Murthy to be the next surgeon general. As a practicing physician and instructor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard, a supporter of innovation and technology in medicine, and a leader in the medical community, Dr. Murthy is extremely well-qualified to take on the role, and I look forward to his confirmation,” said Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07), CAPAC Health Task Force Co-Chair.
Indo-Americans also hailed the nomination. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed of Nevada said it was “smart choice.” Zed is Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation.
“We applaud Murthy’s nomination, an outstanding physician who has demonstrated to be a sincere and innovative health leader and visionary, committed to improving the health of Americans. We urge US Senate to speedily confirm his appointment.”