Extravagant multicultural ceremonies at wedding.
By Raif Karerat
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy traded the bustle of the East Coast for languid California this past weekend as he tied the knot with his fiancé, Alice Chen, in an extravagant multicultural ceremony that amalgamated both Indian and Western traditions.
While Murthy is a prominent public figure due to his status in the President Barack Obama’s administration, Chen, who is also a physician, serves outside of the political limelight as executive director for Doctors for America.
It’s an organization founded by Murthy that works with physicians and medical students to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care.
Chen received her undergraduate degree from Yale and medical degree from Cornell, after which she completed her medical residency at UCLA.
According to Doctors for America, “Her passion for health advocacy comes from seeing too many patients suffer because they can’t afford health care and from her colleagues in every corner of the country who are working together to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, high-quality health care.”
Murthy is a 37-year old physician who practices Brigham and Women’s Hospital and teaches at Harvard Medical School in addition to fulfilling his duties as the operational head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as the U.S. Surgeon General.
Born in Huddersfield, England, to immigrants from Karnataka, Murthy is the first ever Surgeon General of Indian descent. He moved to Miami, Fla. when he was three-years-old and eventually attended Harvard University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Sciences, and Yale, where he garnered his M.D.