Trump Names Jerome Adams, MD, to Be Surgeon General

June 29, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, the state health commissioner of Indiana, to be the nation's surgeon general, the White House announced today.

If approved by the Senate, Dr Adams would be Trump's second major healthcare appointee with ties to the home state of Vice President Mike Pence. The person that Trump chose to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, MPH, worked as a consultant to create a "consumer-directed" version of Medicaid in Indiana and later oversaw Medicaid expansion there under the Affordable Care Act during Pence's tenure as Indiana governor.

Dr Jerome Adams (Source: Darron Cummings)

In April, Trump dismissed then Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, in the middle of his 4-year term. Dr Murthy was a holdover from the Obama administration who had run afoul of the National Rifle Association and its supporters in Congress for calling gun violence a public health issue. He was temporarily replaced by Sylvia Trent-Adams, RN, PhD, formerly the deputy surgeon general.

Pence first appointed Dr Adams Indiana's state health commissioner in October 2014. Dr Adams also serves as an assistant professor of clinical anesthesia at the Indiana University School of Medicine and as a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health. Roles in organized medicine include stints on the boards of the Indiana State Medical Association and the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists. He received his medical degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine and his MPH degree at the University of California, Berkeley. According to a biographical note on the website of the Indiana State Department of Health, Dr Adams has conducted research in medical schools in both the Netherlands and Zimbabwe and has worked under Tom Cech, PhD, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1989.

If confirmed as surgeon general, Dr Adams would oversee the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and its 6600 uniformed health professionals.

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