Vivek H. Murthy was the 19th US surgeon general of the United States. He served from December 15, 2014 to April 21, 2017.
Vivek was an attending physician in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, the co-founder and president of Doctors for America, and the co-founder and chairman of TrialNetworks, LLC.
Vivek was born in Huddersfield, England. His parents are originally from Karnataka state, India, but settled in Miami, Florida when Vivek was three years old.
While a freshman at Harvard University in 1995, Vivek co-founded VISIONS Worldwide, Inc., a nonprofit organization that organized HIV/AIDS preventive education and empowerment programs in India and the United States. In 1997, he also co-founded Swasthya, a community health partnership to promote basic health education, clinical care, and social support in Sringeri, India.
Vivek graduated from Yale University completing a joint MD/MBA program, after completing a BA at Harvard University. He was a recipient of the AMA 2000 Foundation Leadership Award, given to 25 medical students in the US for demonstrated leadership and future potential as a leader in medicine. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
In 2007, Vivek co-founded a software technology company now known as TrialNetworks (www.trialnetworks.com) which is dedicated to improving the quality and efficiency of clinical trials with the ultimate goal of accelerating the delivery of effective therapies to patients. Since 2009, Vivek has been the co-founder and president of Doctors for America (www.drsforamerica.org), a national grassroots organization of physicians and medical students committed to building an affordable, high quality health care system. In 2011, he was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.