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US lawmaker hails nomination of Murthy as Surgeon General

Washington : US President Barack Obama's decision to nominate an Indian-American doctor as his next Surgeon General has been hailed as a move recognising the immense contribution of the community in the medical field in

PTI PTI Updated on: November 16, 2013 10:55 IST

“Indian-Americans have made many important contributions to American society, including in the medical field, and it is great to see another well-qualified leader rise in government,” Crowley said.

“Not only does Dr Murthy bring knowledge and experience to the position, but he has shown a clear commitment to improving the health of the American people. I commend President Obama for this important nomination,” the US lawmaker said in a statement.

If confirmed, Murthy, a Yale graduate, whose parents reportedly emigrated from Karnataka, will be the youngest Surgeon General in the US history and first of Indian descent. 

Co-Founder and President of Doctors for America, Murthy is a Hospitalist Attending Physician and Instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

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