LMA—Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has strong ties to the Longwood Medical Area (LMA), has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next surgeon general, according to a press release. Murthy awaits confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Murthy is a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, both in the LMA. He has held the positions since 2006.
Murthy is also the co-founder and president of Doctors for America, a nonprofit that works to improve the health of the country and ensure that everyone has access to affordable, quality health care.
The surgeon general heads the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and serves as the nation’s spokesperson and advocate on public health issues.