In address to Brown public health grads, U.S. Surgeon General shares lessons both professional and personal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — As the U.S. Surgeon General under President Barack Obama, Dr. Vivek Murthy guided the nation through outbreaks of Ebola and Zika, the opioid epidemic and a loneliness crisis.

When it came time for President Joseph Biden to appoint a new Surgeon General after taking office earlier this year, many public health leaders fervently hoped he’d turn again to Murthy, said Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown School of Public Health as he introduced Murthy as a guest speaker for an April 29 virtual celebration of the school’s Class of 2021 graduates.

“We needed a Nation’s Doctor who was trustworthy and would speak to us plainly about the challenges ahead and what we needed to do,” Jha said.

Dr. Ashish Jha introduced Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, during a virtual celebration for the School of Public Health.

That may well have been what Murthy’s official role called for, and it’s also how he chose to address the School of Public Health community in his remarks. READ MORE