Dr. Vivek Murthy was dismissed from his position yesterday as U.S. Surgeon General. He and I have been friends for a long time. Although I knew this moment might come, it remains bittersweet for me, as it surely is for so many others.
My regrets go beyond the personal. Dr. Murthy is pursuing an important agenda to improve population health. I hope that his successor can continue this important work, which should command bipartisan support in a polarized time. He is an exemplary role model for others at high levels of leadership in American public life.
Dr. Murthy released a statement on Facebook. I reproduce it below the fold. It expresses the dedication, reflectiveness, and generosity of spirit he brings to his life and work.
Thank you for your service to the nation, my friend. I can’t wait to see what you will do next.