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Drs. Vivek Murthy & wife Dr. Alice Chen

Physicians and public health leaders. Vivek served as the 19th US Surgeon General. Alice served as the Executive Director of Doctors for America.















Vivek Hallegere Murthy


Surgeon General Vivek Murthy reveals
he's lost 10 family members to Covid

Los Angeles, July. 16, 2020 A.Gary Singh

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy revealed during the White House news briefing Thursday that he’s lost 10 family members to the coronavirus.

Murthy, who joined the briefing in an effort to urge Americans to get their shots amid lagging vaccination rates, was candid about his own experience during the pandemic. His family members who died were in both the U.S. and India. He said it was “painful” to know that “nearly every death we are seeing now” from Covid-19 in the U.S. could have been prevented with vaccines.

Murthy said misinformation has been a significant contributor to vaccine hesitancy. He said roughly two-thirds of people who haven’t gotten the vaccination believe, to some degree, common myths about the shots. Some of this misinformation has been amplified by social media, he said.


Joe Biden has nominated Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, to serve as the 21st surgeon general of the United States.

Los Angeles, Dec , 09 2020 A.Gary Singh

  • Indian American physician Dr. Vivek Murthy returns to his role as surgeon general as President-elect Joe Biden Monday officially unveiled his health team focused on containing the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over 280,000 Americans.

  • If he is confirmed, it will mark the second time in the role as "America's Doctor" for Murthy, who was appointed the 19th US surgeon general during the Obama administration in December 2014



Dr. Vivek Murthy

On November 9, 2020, President-elect of the United States Joe Biden announced that Murthy would co-chair his COVID-19 Advisory Board, alongside former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David A. Kessler and Yale public health professor Marcella Nunez-Smith.

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from December 15, 2014 to April 21, 2017. As America’s Doctor, he called the nation’s attention to critical public health issues including the opioid epidemic, e-cigarettes, and emotional health and wellbeing.

As the Vice Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he oversaw a uniformed service of 6,600 officers dedicated to safeguarding the health of the nation.

Prior to serving in government, he conducted research on vaccine development and clinical trial participation and founded several organizations focused on HIV/AIDS education, rural health, physician advocacy, and clinical trial optimization.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty.

Dr. Murthy resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Dr. Alice Chen, and their two children.


Vivek Murthy poised to become ‘America’s doctor’

Posted By: nripadminon: March 01, 2014In: Top NRIPress NewsNo Comments

Washington, March 1, 2014: President Barack Obama’s pick for surgeon general, Indian American Vivek Murthy, is one step closer to becoming “America’s doctor”, with a Senate panel approving his nomination despite opposition from the powerful gun lobby.

Democratic controlled Senate is set to hold a vote Tuesday to confirm Murthy, 36, an early supporter of Obama and his healthcare law. He would be the first Indian American and the youngest person to become the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the US.

As US surgeon general, Murthy will also be the operational head of the 6,500-strong US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, one of the seven uniformed services including army, navy, air force and marines.

A graduate of Yale University, Murthy’s resume includes founding two other organizations: Visions Worldwide, a nonprofit group dedicated to HIV and AIDS education, and TrialNetworks, a software company focused on making drug development and clinical trials more efficient.

During his testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labour, and Pensions (HELP) committee in February “Murthy demonstrated that he is an excellent choice to serve as the next US Surgeon General”, said the panel’s Democratic Chairman Senator Tom Harkin.

“The Surgeon General is uniquely positioned to develop and implement strategies to promote health and wellness and to drive disease prevention strategies in our nation,” he said in a statement.

“Dr. Murthy’s extraordinary medical and public health accomplishments show that he is well-qualified to continue that mission and I am confident that Dr. Murthy will help to greatly improve the health of Americans today and long into the future,” Harkin added.

However, the top Republican on the panel Senator Lamar Alexander voted against Murthy in the panel.

“Dr. Murthy is obviously talented, but his experience does not measure up to the stature and leadership expected of our surgeons general,” he said.

The powerful gun lobby, meanwhile, has threatened to block Murthy’s appointment because of the Indian-American’s “activist” stand on gun control.

“The Surgeon General has the important tasks of providing the American public with information to better inform decisions related to their health and directing much of the federal government’s public health efforts,” the National Rifle Association said in a letter to the Senate leadership.

“In order for these roles to be carried out effectively, the public must trust that the Surgeon General’s actions are based on empirical and scientific evidence, rather than political or ideological motives,” it said in a letter to Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“In this regard, Murthy’s record of political activism in support of radical gun control measures raises significant concerns about his ability to objectively examine issues pertinent to America’s 100 million firearm owners and the likelihood he would use the office of Surgeon General to further his preexisting campaign against gun ownership,” it said…….IANS