Yesterday, the senate FINALLY voted to confirm the new U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy. We have gone over one year without a surgeon general (c’mon, where are our priorities?!), and are in the midst of an international Ebola crisis. So yea… it’s about time for this to finally happen.
Dr. Murthy has an impressive resume: an MD and an MBA currently practicing and teaching at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and teaching at Harvard Medical school. He co-founded a clinical trials company, an HIV education organization, and Doctors for America. And hasn’t even celebrated his 40th B-day yet. Bam!
Part of the hold up in the confirmation may have arisen from a tweet by Dr. Murthy several years ago, where he asserted that “guns are a health care issue.”
Clearly, the National Rifle Association has not been too happy about that…
HOWEVER, Murthy states that his primary goal as surgeon general will be to target obesity. Good luck!!