Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At 37 years old, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy would make history as the 19th U.S. Surgeon General. President Obama has nominated him and, if confirmed, Murthy would be the youngest appointed Surgeon General and the first of Indian descent.
The Senate votes Monday night on whether to make Murthy America’s top doctor, a vote that could end up being close. In the meantime, here are seven facts you should know about him:
1. He was born in England to immigrant parents.
Murthy’s parents are from South India, but he grew up in Miami. Throughout his life, he has made frequent visits to his parents’ homeland, according to an interview in Harvard magazine.
2. He wanted to be in the medical field since he was a kid.
His father was a family practitioner in Miami and, as a young boy, Murthy would spend time in his father’s clinic. It was how he developed a love for medicine and science.
3. He’s wicked smart.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician did his undergrad at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in three years’ time. He didn’t stop there. Murthy got a combined medical and business degree from Yale. He was also valedictorian of his high school.
4. The NRA does not want him appointed.
There was dispute in the spring when Obama first nominated Murthy. The NRA is against Dr. Murthy as Surgeon General because he holds anti-gun beliefs, which he has made known on Twitter.
As a result of the NRA’s intense opposition, the White House had to pull back on Dr. Murthy’s nomination.
5. He’s incredibly healthy.
Murthy’s fridge is stocked with foods like raw carrots, almond milk and high-protein grains, according to the Boston Globe. To stay in shape, he does yoga daily.
6. He co-founded several organizations.
Along with his sister, Murthy founded a nonprofit organization, VISIONS Worldwide Inc., devoted to AIDS education in India. Murthy also created a system, TrialNetworks, that improves clinical trials so new drugs can marketed sooner and more safely. He’s a co-founder and president of Doctors for America.
7. He supports the Affordable Care Act.
Doctors for America was formerly known as Doctors for Obama. It’s an organization of 16,000 doctors and medical students whose goal is improving health-care access.
8. He’s a bachelor.
The young accomplished physician focuses on his work and his friends. Because Murthy is unmarried and has no children of his own, he sends gifts to his friends for special occasions and acts as the “single, honorary uncle.”
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