Washington: If Joe Biden defeats Donald Trump and makes it to the US presidency, an Indian American of Karnataka origin is expected to occupy an important post in the new administration.

Dr Vivek H Murthy, who was President Barack Obama's youngest surgeon general in 2014, is one of the key strategists of Biden's election campaign.

Senators in both parties had questioned whether Murthy was too inexperienced for the job, or whether his efforts to get Obama elected and support for the President's healthcare law made him too polarising a figure.

If Joe Biden makes it to the most powerful job in the world, it will be of immense pride for the people in Karnataka because of Vivek.

The 43-year-old is originally from Hallegere village in Maddur Taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka.

Dr Murthy was born in London and brought up in the US. Vivek did BA from Harvard University, an MBA from Yale School of Management, and an MD from Yale School of Medicine

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Vivek is the grandson of HT Narayan Shetty, a backward class leader and a close associate of former Karnataka Chief Minister late D Devaraj Urs.

The people of Hallegere are delighted about the prospects of their man occupying a high post in the White House.

It is reported that Vivek has not forgotten his mother tongue Kannada and still speaks it at home.

Dr Vivek visits Hallegere every year and has donated millions of dollars to promote education in his ancestral place.

Murthy was a hospitalist at The Brigham and is co-founder and president of Doctors for America, a Washington, DC-based group of 16,000 physicians and medical students that advocates for access to affordable, high- quality healthcare.