Obama Picks Nominee for Surgeon General Vivek Hallegere Murthy is co-founder of Doctors for America By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Nov 14, 2013 6:31 PM CST 20 comments Comments Vivek Hallegere Murthy will be President Obama's nominee for surgeon general. (Facebook) (Newser) – President Obama has picked an ally in his bid to reform health care to be the next surgeon general. He plans to nominate Vivek Hallegere Murthy, an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, to replace Regina Benjamin, reports CNN. Murthy is the co-founder and current president of Doctors for America, which bills itself as an advocacy group for affordable health care, reports Politico. But it's the group's previous name that is likely to get the attention of GOP senators during the confirmation process: Doctors for Obama. (It campaigned for him before changing names in 2009.) Meanwhile, click to read about the president's fix for people whose policies got canceled under ObamaCare.