President Barack Obama intends to nominate Vivek H. Murthy ’03, MD ’03 to be surgeon general of the United States, the White House announced on November 14. Murthy is the co-founder and president of Doctors for America, an organization that works to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, as well as a hospitalist attending physician and instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.
Prior to attending Yale Medical School and the Yale School of Management as a joint degree student, Murthy co-founded a nonprofit organization called VISIONS Worldwide, which is devoted to HIV/AIDS education in India and the U.S. He also co-founded a technology company, now called TrialNetworks, that supports the operations of clinical trials and served as chairman of its board.
If confirmed by the Senate, Murthy will serve a four-year term as the nation’s most visible health official.