Trump nominates Indiana physician for surgeon general

President Donald Trump nominated Jerome Adams, MD, the current Indiana State Health Commissioner and an anesthesiologist, for U.S. surgeon general.

Dr. Adams serves as state health commissioner, a role he started in 2014 under then-Governor Mike Pence. As state health commissioner, Dr. Adams' support for needle exchanges is credited with helping stop an HIV outbreak in rural Scott County, according to a profile in The New York Times. As an anesthesiologist, Dr. Adams has also voiced concern about the risks of opioids, making him a fit for surgeon general amid the current opioid crisis, according to the report. If appointed, Dr. Adams will be the second health official from Indiana in the White House — President Trump also tapped Seema Verma, a health policy consultant and architect of Indiana's Medicaid expansion, for CMS administrator.

Dr. Adams previously served as staff anesthesiologist and an assistant professor of anesthesia at Indianapolis-based Indiana University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. Dr. Adams also earned a master's degree of public health from University of California, Berkeley.

If confirmed, Dr. Adams will serve a 4-year term and will replace Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, who was appointed acting surgeon general after the removal of Vivek Murthy, MD, the surgeon general appointed by former President Barack Obama.


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