Jerome Adams M.D., replaces Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams who became acting surgeon general after Vivek Murthy, M.D., was fired by the Trump administration in April.
Adams is an anesthesiologist from Indiana and teaches at Indiana University School of Medicine. He was appointed Indiana’s health commissioner by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor of the state. Now the “Nation’s Doctor” he’s charged with providing Americans with the best scientific information available on how they can improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. Under the Affordable Care Act, the Surgeon General is also the Chair of the National Prevention Council. Adams was confirmed August 3, 2017.
Adams was nominated by President Trump and the position is a four-year term. The Office of the Surgeon General is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Other notable confirmations on August 3 for DHHS included:
- Assistant Secretary of Aging: Lance Allen Robertson
- Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response: Robert Kadlec, M.D.
- Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse: Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D.
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