Dr. Vivek Murthy will serve once again as the US Surgeon General under Biden-Harris administration, a role Murthy held under the Obama administration, President-Elect Jose Biden announced
Dr. Vivek Murthy will serve once again as the US Surgeon General under Biden-Harris administration, a role Murthy held under the Obama administration, President-Elect Jose Biden announced.
Murthy has been a key coronavirus adviser to Biden, regularly briefing him on the pandemic during his campaign and the transition. He was part of Biden's public health advisory committee as the pandemic first took hold in the US and has been serving as a co-chair of the President-elect's Covid-19 advisory board during the transition. If confirmed by the Senate, Murthy would play a key role in the administration's response to a pandemic that has killed more than 282,000 Americans.
Dr. Murthy’s commitment to medicine and health began early in life. The son of immigrants from India, he discovered the art of healing watching his parents - Hallegere and Myetriae Murthy - treat patients like family in his father’s medical clinic in Miami, Florida. As the nation's 19th surgeon general under Obama, Murthy helped lead the national response to the Ebola and Zika viruses and the opioid crisis, among other health challenges.
As he is set to return to the same position he held from 2014 to 2017, Murthy is expected to have an expanded portfolio, as the president-elect's team crafts their plans to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.