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U.S. Surgeon General Confirmed

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Vivek Murthy, MD, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Murthy is a Harvard Medical School (HMS) instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He succeeds Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, who has held the post since July 2013. During his four-year term as Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy will serve as the lead spokesperson on all national public health matters and will lead the U.S. Public Health Service Commission. He will report to the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services.

Dr. Murthy was selected as a member of the Presidentially-appointed Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health in January 2011 and was nominated for surgeon general by President Obama in November 2013. Dr. Murthy earned his MD from the Yale University School of Medicine and MBA from Yale University School of Management. He completed residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has served on the faculty of HMS and at Brigham and Women’s since 2006. He is a co-founder, past president, and former chairman of VISIONS Worldwide, a nonprofit focused on HIV/AIDS education in India and the U.S. He is also the co-founder and president of Doctors for America and is a co-founder of TrialNetworks.

$24 Million Donation to Support Allergy Research at Stanford

A donation of $24 million from Napster co-founder and inaugural president of Facebook, Sean Parker, has established the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford University. Researchers at the Center will focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms of childhood and adult allergies and developing effective cures. Investigators will conduct studies of a variety of types of allergies, including food allergies, drug allergies and environmental allergens. The Center is led by Stanford faculty member, Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics …

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