Meeting the Surgeon General of the United States
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 17, 2019) — Our CEO was invited to attend a lecture by the 19th Surgeon General of the United States – Dr. Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA. He served as Surgeon General from 2014 to 2017 and used his passions for the nation and its well-being to lead America’s national health care initiatives. Dr. Murthy brings a great deal of knowledge from his time as Surgeon General as well as his prior experience teaching and practicing internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard.
The lecture was informative and insightful with the topic being Cultivating Well-Being located at UT Health in San Antonio. The Surgeon General spoke about the burnout in the medical community and the need for interventions to enhance wellness within the medical field. He explained how the cure is not just to fix the system and the culture of the institution, but to look deeply to social determinants of poor health. The Surgeon General highlighted how loneliness increases the stress of individuals. Social determinants such as access to transportation, safe neighborhoods for walks and integrating needs such as housing will have an impact on wellness. Dr. Murthy concluded by emphasizing that those who serve should have a passion for making a difference and strive for job meaning as it has a direct impact on the community.
Hiran had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Murthy after the lecture (pictured above; Dr. Murthy on the left, Hiran Perera on the right) as this topic directly relates to Walkingspree’s goals as a company.