Meet Vivek Murthy: The Controversial Surgeon General

The doctor has been among the hardest nominees for Obama to get confirmed.

ByVeronica Stracqualursi
December 15, 2014, 1:00 PM
PHOTO: Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Barack Obama's nominee for the next Surgeon General
Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. Surgeon General, testifies at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 4, 2014.
Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

— -- At 37 years old, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy has made history today as the youngest appointed US Surgeon General and the first of Indian descent.

The Senate voted tonight 51-43 to confirm Murthy as America’s top doctor after the position was vacant for over a year. Here are seven facts you should know about the 19th US Surgeon General:

1. He was born in England to immigrant parents.

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