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U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, to Speak at the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Annual Conference

April 22, 2021

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Dr. Murthy to Engage in Fireside Chat on Burnout and Well-Being on Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) proudly announces the addition of the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, as a keynote speaker at SHM Converge, SHM’s annual conference. Dr. Murthy will discuss burnout and well-being in healthcare, key themes of the conference, during a fireside chat with Danielle Scheurer, MD, MSCR, SFHM, president of SHM’s board of directors. The conversation will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. ET.

“It is an honor to welcome Dr. Murthy back to SHM’s annual conference during a time when his leadership is more important than ever,” says Eric E. Howell, MD, MHM, chief executive officer of SHM. “Dr. Murthy is dedicated to the health of the American people and to the well-being of those who care for them. I know his message will resonate with hospitalists who have been on the front lines of the pandemic since day one. They are key to navigating the future of our nation’s healthcare system.”

Dr. Murthy has devoted himself to improving public health through service, clinical care, research, education, and entrepreneurship. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Murthy has two decades of experience in improving health in communities around the world and served as the 19th U.S. Surgeon General from 2014 to 2017, prior to being reappointed with an expanded role earlier in 2021. As “America’s Doctor,” the Surgeon General’s role is to provide clear, consistent guidance and healthcare resources for the public, ensuring to reach the nation’s most vulnerable communities.

“As we guide our nation out of the pandemic, hospitalists can look to Dr. Murthy as a leader and innovator who will do what is best for our hospitalist community and the patients they serve,” notes Dr. Scheurer. “Dr. Murthy will provide a unique perspective to help hospitalists care for themselves during a time when they have been hyper-focused on caring for others.”

In addition to Dr. Murthy, SHM Converge will feature three keynote speakers who will address pressing topics in hospital medicine:

  • Mark Hertling, DBA: Coming Out of Combat: Post-Pandemic Recovery
  • Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, MHM: Hospitalists Healing: Surviving, Salvaging, Sustaining, and Succeeding for a Pandemic World
  • Larry Wellikson, MD, MHM: Out of COVID and Into the Light: Hospitalists More Essential Than Ever

SHM Converge is the premier educational experience for hospital medicine professionals. This year’s virtual conference will be held from May 3-7, 2021 and offers 21 educational tracks, more than 250 speakers, advanced learning courses, networking opportunities, a scientific abstract competition, and more. SHM Converge On Demand is also available until 2024, including the opportunity to earn additional continuing medical education credit.

To register for SHM Converge, visit If you are a member of the media who would like to obtain a press pass, email