Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 18:58
Vivek Murthy, the first Indian- American appointed by the Obama regime as the Surgeon General, has been dismissed by the Trump administration to bring new leadership to the vital public health sector. Trent-Adams, a nurse who has served on the commissioned corps for more than 24 years, will be the first surgeon general who is not a doctor.
The Trump administration asked U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, an Obama administration appointee, to resign his role on Friday and quickly moved his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, into the role.
Still, the manner in which the Trump administration sacked Murthy on Friday left little doubt about the deep partisanship that is infecting Washington DC, where even the Surgeon-General's post, a largely ceremonial bully pulpit office that counsels the nation on its health, is under the gun.
"I will always be grateful to our country for welcoming my immigrant family almost 40 years ago and giving me this opportunity to serve", he added.
Murthy says on Facebook that he was humbled and honored to serve. "(Health and Human Services) Secretary (Tom) Price thanks him for his dedicated service to the nation.
Murthy could not immediately be reached. The first one was the US Attorney from New York Preet Bharara who was sacked after he refused to resign.
Murthy, who was confirmed on December 14, 2014, was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. One of the first comments on that post asked, "Where is Dr. Murthy?" He replaced Boris D. Lushniak, who was acting surgeon general since July that year.
In 2015, amid a serious measles outbreak, Murthy urged parents to have their children vaccinated, adding his voice to the chorus trying to counter the small but burgeoning anti-vaccination movement. He was the youngest surgeon general to be recruited to that position.
Before becoming surgeon general, Murthy was an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.