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Vivek Murthy
Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, USPHS.jpg
19th Surgeon General of the United States
In office
December 18, 2014 – April 21, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byBoris Lushniak (acting)
Succeeded bySylvia Trent-Adams (acting)
Personal details
Vivek Hallegere Murthy

(1977-07-10) July 10, 1977 (age 43)
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Political partyDemocratic
Height6 ft (183 cm)[1]
Spouse(s)Alice Chen (m. 2015–present) «start: (2015-08-22)»"Marriage: Alice Chen to Vivek Murthy" Location: (linkback:
Alma materHarvard University
Yale University
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Public Health Service.svg U.S. Public Health Service
Years of service2014–present
RankUS PHS O9 insignia.svg Vice Admiral
UnitSeal of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.png USPHS Commissioned Corps

Vivek Hallegere Murthy (born July 10, 1977) is an American physician and a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014 through 2017.[2]

Murthy, founder of nonprofit Doctors for Obama, replaced Boris Lushniak, who had been Acting Surgeon General since 2013.[2] Murthy was the first Surgeon General of Indian descent and was the youngest active duty flag officer in federal uniformed service.

On April 21, 2017, Murthy was relieved of his duties but will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams was named acting Surgeon General.[3]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Boris Lushniak
Surgeon General of the United States
Succeeded by
Sylvia Trent-Adams