Obama Will Nominate Vivek Hallegere Murthy as Surgeon General

Harvard doctor runs Doctors For America

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The White House announced Thursday that Obama plans to nominate Vivek Hallegere Murthy of Harvard Medical School as the next Surgeon General, Politico reports.

Murthy is the co-founder of Doctors for America, which began in 2008 as Doctors for Obama and focuses on providing quality, affordable healthcare to all Americans. He is an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

If approved by the Senate, he would replace acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, who has been serving since Regina Benjamin’s resignation in July.