Vivek Murthy

We applaud the confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as U.S. surgeon general, a visionary thinker who is well-equipped to assume the role of America’s doctor. Throughout his career he has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving public health and unwillingness to accept the status quo: invaluable traits for such challenges as combating Ebola, the obesity epidemic, tobacco-related disease and other complex health issues that confront our nation. His determination to hit the ground running to address health disparities and reduce the stigma of mental health, with a clear understanding of the role of science and innovation in improving health outcomes, is also critically important to advancing...
Excerpt of an article published in The Boston Globe on the next surgeon general. President Obama will nominate Dr. Vivek Murthy of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’€™s Hospital as surgeon general of the United States, the White House announced Thursday night. ’€œWe share a belief that access to quality health care is a basic human right,’€ Brigham president Dr. Betsy Nabel said in a statement about Murthy. ’€œI am confident that he will be a passionate advocate and that he will have an extraordinary impact as our nation’€™s surgeon general.’€ Read the full article here .

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