Brigham and Women’s Physician Nominated to be Next Surgeon General
On Thursday November 15, President Obama announced his nomination of 36-year-old Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy to be the next U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Murthy is currently a Hospitalist Attending Physician at NEC-member Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a position he has held since 2006. Dr. Murthy is also the Co-Founder and President of Doctors for America, a group formed in 2009 to advocate to improved quality of healthcare. The organization actively campaigned for the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In 2009, Dr. Murthy said that President Obama “understands that the current system isn’t working for patients, but it’s also not working for doctors” as the bill was scheduled for a vote in the Senate Finance Committee. Following the announcement of Dr. Murthy’s nomination, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stated that Dr. Murthy “will be a powerful messenger” on health policy. Dr. Murthy, if confirmed by the Senate, will serve as the leading doctor and health advocate for the United States during a revolutionary period for how healthcare is provided in America.
Following the announcement of Dr. Murthy’s and four other official nominations, President Obama said that he is “confident that these outstanding individuals will greatly serve the American people in their new roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
The New England Council congratulates Dr. Murthy and Brigham and Women’s for their contributions to healthcare and wish Dr. Murthy luck as he prepares for his Senate confirmation hearing.