Vivek Murthy

19th US Surgeon General, US Department of Health and Human Services; Co-Founder, Doctors for America

Vivek Murthy served as the 19th US surgeon general from 2014 to 2017. As vice admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded 6,600 public health officers globally. During his tenure, Murthy launched the TurnTheTide campaign to address the nation’s opioid crisis. He issued the first Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, calling for expanded access to prevention and treatment and for recognizing addiction as a chronic illness. A physician and entrepreneur, Murthy co-founded multiple organizations: VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India; Swasthya, a community health partnership in rural India training women as health providers and educators; software company TrialNetworks; and Doctors for America.

Videos/Audio of Vivek Murthy

Bullets rang out on a Washington baseball field last week, injuring Congressman Steve Scalise and four others and... See more
It’s been called the most perilous drug crisis ever. In the United States, the epicenter of the opioid epidemic,... See more
In May, 2016, the FDA finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars... See more
Over the past 10 years, there has been an increase in opioid overdose rates, particularly since 2013. President Obama... See more
Closing session at Spotlight Health. See more
Spotlight Health returns to Aspen, Colorado as the opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival. This year’s theme is... See more