Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A.
U.S. Surgeon General
Opening remarks for HOSA’s International Leadership Conference
will be delivered by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.
The nation’s leading spokesman for public health, Murthy is a champion of improving care and building
coalitions, having devoted his career to the enhancement of global public health through education,
service, clinical care and entrepreneurship.
Murthy, 38, was nominated by President Barack Obama in November 2013 and then confirmed as the 19th
U.S. Surgeon General in December 2014, becoming the first Indian American and the youngest person to
hold the position in recent history.
The son of immigrants from India, Murthy discovered a love for the art of healing early in his childhood
while spending time in his father’s medical clinic in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Harvard University in
1997 with a degree in biochemical sciences. In 2003, he earned his medical degree from the Yale School of
Medicine, and also a Master of Business Administration, with a focus in health care management, from the
Yale School of Management.
Murthy believes that the nation’s greatest asset always has been its people. As surgeon general, he has
fought to educate and inspire his fellow Americans around a key set of priorities: mental health and
emotional well-being, healthful eating, active and tobacco-free living, chronic disease prevention, and the
country’s growing opioid epidemic.
Murthy has helped establish several organizations dedicated to expanding public access — nationally and
internationally — to quality health care and scientific information related to personal and public health and
safety. He is co-founder of VISIONS Worldwide Inc., an HIV/AIDS education program that operates in the U.S.
and India. He also helped establish the Swasthya project (“health and well-being” in Sanskrit), a community
health partnership that trains women as health providers and educators, working through centers and
villages in rural India.
Murthy also is co-founder of Doctors for America, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization
comprising 16,000 physicians and medical students across the U.S. The organization advocates for access to
affordable, quality health care.
Also, Murthy co-founded and chaired TrialNetworks, a software technology company that improves
research collaboration and enhances the efficiency of clinical trials around the world. In seven years, Murthy
and his team took the company from conception to an international enterprise that powers dozens of
clinical trials for more than 50,000 patients in more than 75 countries.
As “America’s Doctor,”Murthy is responsible for communicating the most advanced and relevant scientific
information to the public. He oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned
Corps, which includes approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers serving in nearly 800 locations
globally. The officers work to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of the nation and world.
19th U.S. Surgeon General
2016 INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE