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Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams Sworn in as 20th U.S. Surgeon General

Surgeon General Jerome Adams

Washington, DC, September 6, 2017 — In being sworn in on Tuesday as the nation’s 20th surgeon general, Jerome Adams, M.D., said his motto will be “Better health through better partnerships.”

That’s something Indiana’s former health commissioner said he learned from Vice President Pence, the man who administered Adams’ oath of office Tuesday, three years after having appointed Adams to the state job while serving as Indiana’s governor.

Dr. Adams replaces Sylvia Trent-Adams, who has been acting surgeon general since Mr. Trump ousted Dr. Vivek Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration.

The surgeon general is often called “the nation’s doctor,” and works to improve public health. The surgeon general also oversees the 6,700 public health officers, many of whom work in underserved areas.

Dr. Adams, 42, was first appointed to the Indiana post in October 2014 when Vice President Mike Pence was governor.

Shortly after Dr. Adams took office, there was an unusual H.I.V. outbreak in Scott County, a rural Indiana community near the Kentucky border.  The needle exchange is credited with helping to stop the outbreak, which had spread largely among people injecting the prescription painkiller Opana.

Dr. Adams was re-appointed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb as the Indiana State Health Commissioner effective January 9, 2017.  In this role, he oversees the Public Health Protection and Laboratory Services, Health and Human Services, Health Care Quality and Regulatory, and Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commissions.

Dr. Adams also serves as secretary of the Indiana State Department of Health’s executive board, as chairman of the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee and as co-chairman of the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative Governing Council.

Dr. Adams is a member of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Health Workforce Policy Academy Core Team, and the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.

Dr. Adams currently serves as assistant professor of clinical anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and as a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he is Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

He has served in the leadership of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, and on the Boards of the Indiana State Medical Association and Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists.

He is immediate past Chair of the Professional Diversity Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Adams has been invited to testify before both the U.S. Senate (Committee on Aging) and the U.S. House of Representatives (Energy and Commerce) and has been an invited presenter and/or participant in healthcare discussions at The White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Academy of Sciences.

He earned a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in biopsychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  He earned his Medical Doctorate at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and his Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

He has been a researcher at medical schools in both the Netherlands and Zimbabwe and has worked under Nobel Prize winner Dr. Tom Cech.