ASHINGTON — The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as US surgeon general.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says Murthy was asked to resign after “assisting in a smooth transition” under President Donald Trump.
Murthy was a holdover from the Obama administration.
Murthy’s deputy, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, is serving as acting surgeon general and leader the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps until the Senate confirms a replacement. Her previous positions include being a nurse officer in the US Army.
Health department spokeswoman Alleigh Marre says Murthy will remain a member of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
Murthy said in a post on Facebook that he was humbled and honored to serve. He says serving was the “privilege of a lifetime.”
“While I had hoped to do more to help our nation tackle its biggest health challenges,” he said, “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have served.”