(CNN) - President Barack Obama will nominate Doctors for America co-founder Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy as the next U.S. Surgeon General, the White House announced Thursday.
Murthy will replace Regina Benjamin, who was appointed by Obama in 2009 and left her post last summer.
Murthy is also Hospitalist Attending Physician and Instructor in Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School.
He received a B.A. from Harvard, an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management, and an M.D. from Yale School of Medicine.
Doctors for America says it works in part to ensure that people have access to affordable, high quality health care.
The Surgeon General post focuses heavily on public health and requires Senate confirmation.