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Announcing the Class of 2014

Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellows

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is proud to announce the 30 winners of its 2014 national competition. Selected from more than 1,200 applicants, each Fellow will receive tuition and stipend assistance of up to $90,000 in support of graduate education in this country. You can access their immigration and academic stories here.

Reflections on an Inspired Choice for Surgeon General

Rajesh Vedanthan (PD Soros 1999) shares his thoughts as a friend and professional on Vivek Murthy (PD Soros 1998), member of the inaugural class of Paul and Daisy Soros Fellows

When I first met U.S. Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy 30 years ago, I realized at an early age that he was remarkable. His father and mine had been medical school classmates in India, and so our families used to meet on occasion during family vacations.

Throughout life, Vivek has inspired me and many others to achieve our dreams to serve others and improve the world. As a college student, he founded an organization that brought together youth and students to engage in community service projects in India. This inspired a group of us to start the Swasthya Community Health Partnership in south India, a program dedicated to women's empowerment and women's health.

During our residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Vivek was my intern while I was a second-year Internal Medicine resident. I was once again impressed by this talented and innovative, yet humble young man. He impressed me with his deep concern and care for individual patients, while also maintaining a dedication to addressing the broader structural issues impacting the health and wellness of our society. Thus, when I learned that Vivek had been nominated for Surgeon General, I thought, "he's perfect." He has a broad and comprehensive understanding of public health and clinical medicine; he has an MBA degree and experience in starting a small business; he is an inspiration for youth and young professionals; and he is a responsible spokesperson for the American public health system.

Rajesh Vedanthan
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology and Health Evidence & Policy
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai