Image - Vivek Murthy
Image - Vivek Murthy
Image - Vivek Murthy

Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy: Fighting Loneliness During COVID-19 and Beyond

Now more than ever, loneliness is a growing public health concern as communities continue to require social distancing and self-isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Because humans are social creatures, at the center of our loneliness is our innate desire to connect, forge lasting bonds, help one another, and share life experiences.

In his new book Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World, Dr. Murthy warns of the dangers of loneliness and the lasting impact it can have on our health. He will be joined by Dr. Lucy Kalanithi for a poignant conversation on his four key strategies to weather this epidemic during this difficult time and beyond.

Dr. Murthy was appointed by President Barack Obama and served as the 19th surgeon general of the United States.


Visit Book Passage to purchase a book 

This program is free, though we invite you to make a donation during registration; this program will be online-only; pre-register for a link to the live-stream event

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This program is generously supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and a collaborative of local funders and donors. We are grateful for their support and hope others will follow their example to support the Club during these uncertain times.


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


Murthy photo by Meredith Nierman

In partnership with the JCCSF



Image - Vivek Murthy
Vivek Murthy
M.D., Former U.S. Surgeon General; Author, Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World”; Twitter @vivek_murthy
Image - Lucy Kalanithi
In Conversation with Lucy Kalanithi
M.D. Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University; Widow of Paul Kalanithi, M.D., Author of When Breath Becomes Air; Twitter @rocketgirlmd