Trump Sacks Indian American Surgeon General
Washington: Sticking to his ‘hire American’ slogan, the Trump administration dismissed Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, the first Indian to hold the post. He was appointed by Obama government. Dr Vivek Murthy was replaced by his deputy, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams.
The US Department of Health and Human Services in a statement released on Friday said that “the leader of US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Murthy was asked to resign his position as Surgeon General after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration.” Saying that he was relieved of his duties as Surgeon General, the statement said he would continue to serve as a member of the commissioned corps.
He was appointed as US Surgeon General in December 2014. Meanwhile, Dr Vivek Murthy is second Indian-American to be fired from a senior position by the Trump administration. The US Attorney from New York Preet Bharara who was sacked after he refused to resign his post was the first one.
“As my colleague, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams takes over as Acting Surgeon General, know that our nation is in compassionate and capable hands. Thank you, America, for the privilege of a lifetime. I have been truly humbled and honoured to serve as your Surgeon General. I look forward to working alongside you in new ways in the years to come,” Dr Murthy wrote on his Facebook Post.
Vivek Murthy’s parents hail from Karnataka, India. He received an MD from the Yale School of Medicine and an MBA in Health Care Management.