Vivek K. Murthy, M.D, M.Sc is a rheumatologist at the University of California San Francisco and a hospitalist at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
He earned an M.Sc. degree in Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, UK and an M.D. degree at the NYU School of Medicine. He then completed internal medicine residency training at the UCSF School of Medicine. From 2016 to 2020, he was a hospitalist, clinician educator, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Thereafter, he completed a clinical fellowship in Rheumatology at UCSF, and then joined as faculty.
His clinical interests include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, IgG4-related disease, as well as general medical and psychosocial care of the hospitalized adult.
He serves as an educator for medical students and medicine residents at UCSF and the San Francisco VA.
His research work focuses on the study of peer-defined experts in clinical medicine, to explore their formative learning habits and clinical activities. This line of research inquiry is intended to generate insights to guide medical trainees and faculty who view clinical excellence as an important career goal. His first study in this area (An Inquiry into the Early Careers of Master Clinicians; JGME 2018) was published in 2018. Thereafter, collaborating with a team of clinicians across the country, he was principal investigator for a multi-center study of the learning habits and clinical activities of 150 peer-defined master clinicians across 7 U.S. academic medical centers and 40 specialties. This research was published in 2023 (Learning from the Early Careers of Master Clinicians; JECP 2023).