21 Facts About Vivek Murthy


Vivek Hallegere Murthy was born on July 10,1977 and is an American physician and a vice admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who has served as the 19th and 21st surgeon general of the United States under Presidents Obama, Trump, and Biden.


In October 2022, Biden nominated Vivek Murthy to be the US representative on the World Health Organization's executive board.


Vivek Murthy was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire to immigrants from Karnataka, India.


Vivek Murthy was raised and completed his early education in Miami, graduating as valedictorian from Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 1994.


Vivek Murthy completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.


In 2011, Vivek Murthy was appointed by Barack Obama to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health within the Department of Health and Human Services.


In 2012, Vivek Murthy worked as co-chair of Obama's health care advisory committee during his re-election campaign.

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Vivek Murthy is the co-founder and chairman of TrialNetworks, a cloud-based Clinical Trial Optimization System for pharmaceutical and biotechnology trials that improves the quality and efficiency of clinical trials to bring new drugs to market faster and more safely.


Vivek Murthy founded the company as Epernicus in 2008, originally, to be a collaborative networking web platform for scientists to boost research productivity.


In November 2013, Vivek Murthy was nominated by President Obama for the post of United States surgeon general.


Vivek Murthy's nomination met resistance in the Senate by some Democrats, Republicans, and the National Rifle Association regarding previous comments Murthy made declaring gun violence as a threat to public health.


Vivek Murthy partnered with Elmo and Top Chef to inform the country about vaccines and healthy eating, respectively.


Furthermore, in 2016, Vivek Murthy issued a historic letter to 2.3 million fellow healthcare professionals, requesting a pledge to reform the prescription of opiate drugs and the perception of those struggling with addiction.


On December 3,2020, Politico reported that Vivek Murthy had been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to return to the role of Surgeon General.


Since 2017, Vivek Murthy has appeared on various television and radio shows talking about the problem of loneliness, and he has written numerous articles on the subject.


Vivek Murthy sees loneliness as a root cause that plays a substantial role in many other social problems.


On September 5,2020, Vivek Murthy joined the advisory council of the Biden-Harris Transition Team, which was planning the presidential transition of Joe Biden.


Days later, Vivek Murthy was named a candidate for United States secretary of health and human services in the Biden administration.


In July 2021, Vivek Murthy publicly stated there is "no value" in incarcerating people for cannabis use.


Vivek Murthy is married to Alice Chen, an internist who trained at Yale, Cornell and UCLA, and was the executive director of Doctors for America.


On February 18,2022, Vivek Murthy revealed on Twitter that he, his wife, and five-year-old son have all been infected by COVID-19.