Meet Vivek Murthy: The Controversial Surgeon General

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

— -- 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.

2. He wanted to be in the medical field since he was a kid.

3. He’s wicked smart.

4. The NRA did not want him appointed.

As a result of the NRA’s intense opposition, the White House had to pull back on Dr. Murthy’s nomination earlier this year.

5. He’s incredibly healthy.

6. He co-founded several organizations.

8. He’s a bachelor.

ABC News' Arlette Saenz contributed to this report.