Washington: Vivek Murthy, the 19th surgeon general of the United States and the first Indian American to grace the job has been fired by President Donald Trump. The call came when the rather youthful Surgeon was looking set to complete his term in the office as many thought he will be kept in his post by the new US administration.
A New York Times report claims that many in the health department were taken aback by the sudden removal of the Surgeon General Vivek Murthy as he has been a rather non-controversial figure and who rarely got involved in political debates raging around President Donald Trump and his recent policies.
In a terse message, his removal from the post of US surgeon general was announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services. “Murthy, the leader of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was asked to resign from his duties as Surgeon General after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration…Murthy has been relieved of his duties as Surgeon General and will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps” the statement said.
Vivek Murthy has a distinguished record throughout his career. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He led and managed medical care teams at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for over a decade 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. Murthy, reportedly founded the company as Epernicus in 2008 to originally be a collaborative networking web platform for scientists to boost research productivity.
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Vivek Murthy is married to Alice Chen in the year 2015. Chen, also an MD, serves as executive director for Doctors for America, an organization that works with physicians and medical students to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care. She is executive director at Doctors for America. Was earlier Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She studied at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. Prior to joining Cornell, she studied at Yale University.