One Nation Under Stress: How Social Connection Can Heal Us

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Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., United States Surgeon General; Co-Founder, VISIONS; Co-Founder, Doctors for America

“America’s Doctor”, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013 as the 19th United States Surgeon General, and he continues to serve under the current administration. Dr. Murthy is the first Surgeon General of Indian descent and the youngest Surgeon General of modern times.

As Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy is responsible for communicating the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal and public health. Dr. Murthy is focused on tackling our country's most urgent public health issues. During his tenure, he has created initiatives to end our country's opioid crisis, reduce tobacco-related diseases, and create a culture of prevention in America grounded in physical sctivity, nutrition, and emotional well-being. In 2017, Dr. Murthy will continue his efforts to build a culture of prevention, tackling one of the root causes of illness - chronic stress - while promoting efforts to improve emotional well-being.

Dr. Murthy's commitment to medicine and health began early in life. The son of immigrants from India, he discovered he discovered the art of healing in his father's medical clinic in Miami, Florida. A believer in the power of community, he co-founded VISIONS, a peer-to-peer HIV/AIDS education program in India, and the Swasthya project ("health and well-being" in Sanskrit), a community health partnership that trained women to defy the odds in their patriarchal villages and become health care providers and educators. As a healthcare entrepreneur, Dr. Murthy co-founded a technology company to improve research collaboration in clinical trials that is powering research studies around the world. He also co-founded Doctors for America, a non-profit with more than 16,000 physician and medical student members from all 50 states dedicated to creating a high-quality, affordable health care system for all.

Join INFORUM for a conversation with Dr. Murthy on the urgent need to cultivate emotional well-being as a pillar of personal and public health, and how emotional well-being might be the best prescription not only for ourselves and our communities, but for the future of our country.