by Jasmine Batchelor
January 3, 2019
19th Surgeon General of the United States
Dr. Vivek Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States (from December 2014 to April 2017). As The Nation’s Doctor, he brought both passion and innovation to the challenges of leading America’s national healthcare initiatives. During his tenure there he issued the first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, calling the nation to action to address this deadly disease. He launched the national TurnTheTideRx campaign to address the opioid crisis, and he was the first Surgeon General to issue a letter to health professionals across America calling them to action to reduce opioid addiction and overdose deaths. Throughout his career, Dr. Murthy has led the way in medical education, social action, and healthcare dialogue, co-founding several healthcare community organizations and grassroots citizen movements. Prior to becoming Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy practiced and taught internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.