Kannadiga set to bag top US medical post
Kannadiga Set to Bag Top US Medical Post, Next US Surgeon-General, Public Health Issues. President Barack Obama plans to nominate Dr Vivek Hallegere...
President Barack Obama plans to nominate Dr Vivek Hallegere Murthy, the Indian-American head of a doctors group that promotes his signature healthcare law to be the next US surgeon-general.
Murthy is a hospitalist at the Brigham and is co-founder and president of Doctors for America, a Washington DC-based group of 16,000 physicians and medical students that advocates for access to affordable, high quality health care. If confirmed by the Senate, Murthy will replace Regina Benjamin, who was appointed by Obama in 2009 and left her post last summer. The job focuses heavily on public health issues.
Murthy, whose family hails from Mandya in Karnataka, was appointed to the President's Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health in 2011. The prevention group was created as part of the Affordable Care Act health reform law. His group, Doctors for America, was originally called Doctors for Obama and helped to campaign for Obama's election.