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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Obama intends to nominate Indian American Dr Vivek Murthy as his Surgeon General ......................114613

Washington: US President Barack Obama has announced his intention to nominate Indian-American Dr Vivek Hallegere Murthy as his next Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr Vivek Hallegere Murthy
Dr Vivek Hallegere Murthy
“This news cements the reputation physicians of Indian origin have across America,” said Dr Jayesh B Shah, president, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI).
“President Obama has made the right choice in naming a highly qualified physician to serve as America’s next surgeon general. We are proud of Vivek and his many accomplishments and look forward to supporting him throughout the confirmation process,” said Dr Shah.
Dr Murthy is co-founder and president of Doctors for America, a national movement of more than 16,000 physicians and medical students in all 50 states working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality healthcare.
He is also a hospitalist attending physician and instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.
In 2011, Dr Murthy was appointed to serve as a member of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.
He has been co-founder and chairman of the Board of TrialNetworks, formerly known as Epernicus, since 2007.
Dr 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.
Dr Murthy received a BA in biochemical sciences from Harvard University, an MBA from Yale School of Management, and an MD from Yale School of Medicine.
“Vivek represents the next generation of Indian American physician,” said Dr Harbhajan Ajrawat, chairman, legislative committee, AAPI. “His ethics, quiet leadership style and impeccable credentials make him the smart choice for this position.”
The surgeon general serves for a four-year term and is the nation’s top spokesperson on public health issues.
If confirmed by the Senate, Dr Murthy would replace Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Dr Boris D Lushniak.

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