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Trump Administration Fires Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Dr. Vivek Murthy

Washington, DC, April 24, 2017 — Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, an Obama administration holdover, was asked to resign by the Trump administration on Friday.  Dr. Murthy’s wife, Alice Chen, said on Saturday that her husband had refused to resign and was fired.

Dr. Murthy was replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, one of the first nurses to serve as surgeon general, who will for now be in an acting role.

As of Friday evening, Trent-Adams had already replaced Dr. Murthy on the surgeon general’s Twitter account, and her portrait had replaced his on the agency’s Facebook page.  One of the first comments on that post asked, “Where is Dr. Murthy?”

Alleigh Marré, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said in an emailed statement on Friday that he was asked to step down “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration.”

Ms. Marré said Dr. Murthy would continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.

Admiral Trent-Adams may be the first surgeon general who is not a physician.

She is not the first nurse, though. Dr. Richard Carmona, who served under President George W. Bush, was a nurse and a physician, and he sometimes referred to himself as the first nurse to serve as surgeon general.