AAFP Applauds Confirmation of Vivek Murthy, M.D., as U.S. Surgeon General

Monday, December 15, 2014

Statement attributable to:
Robert Wergin, MD
American Academy of Family Physicians

“Family physicians applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Vivek Murthy, M.D., as U.S. surgeon general.

“During this unprecedented time of change for our nation’s health care system, and with major health crises such as the Ebola virus and strong outbreaks of influenza, with persistent chronic health problems like obesity and HIV/AIDS, and with behaviors, like tobacco use and prescription drug abuse that negatively affect health, our nation has lacked a leader on public health. With more than 20 years of work to improve the health of communities, Dr. Murthy is extraordinarily well qualified to serve as our nation’s chief public health spokesperson.

“As a practicing physician, Dr. Murthy brings extensive clinical expertise caring for patients and training hundreds of medical residents. The AAFP strongly supports Dr. Murthy’s commitment to the four important unifying public health issues he identified in his Senate confirmation committee testimony: prevention, obesity, tobacco cessation and mental health.

“Dr. Murthy demonstrates a clear and thoughtful understanding of how important it is to transform our health care system from one focused on sick care to one based on wellness, good health practices and early intervention.

“Dr. Murthy has the experience, vision, and passion to serve as our next surgeon general.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Wergin, contact Megan Moriarty, 800-274-2237, Ext. 5223, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.

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