Global Indian: Medicine: Vivek Murthy
Vivek Murthy, born to Indian parents in Britain and moved to the US at the age of three, is nominated by US President Barack Obama to be the next US Surgeon General. The senate has already voted 52-40 on his nomination for the top post and a formal confirmation is likely to be made on Monday just before the start of holiday season in the US.
If elected, Vivek Murthy would be the youngest Surgeon General in the history of America. The Indian Diaspora is therefore campaigning nationwide to gather support from their senators.
What Makes Vivek Murthy the Top Contender for the Post?
Vivek Murthy has been Barack Obama’s top choice for more reasons than one:
- Founder and President of “Doctors for America” national movement which brings together 15,000 physicians and medical students from across the country
- U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health
- Co-founded TrialNetworks, a cloud-based system to improve clinical trial for pharmaceutical and biotechnology trials, to bring new drugs into the market faster and safer
- Alma mater of Yale School of Management, Yale School of Medicine, and Harvard School
- A physician at Boston Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School
Dr. Murthy is the top choice for the position of US Surgeon General, not just for President Obama but also for scores of hospitals and healthcare organizations including American College of Physicians, American Public Health Association, and many others across the country. So it very much possible to see him succeed Boris Lushniak and take over the position in coming weeks.
Source: Times of India
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