Adams Built Name Fighting HIV And Opioids In Indiana
By SOTG News Service
The White House has found a candidate to fill the role of the “nation’s doctor,” after firing a holdover from former President Barack Obama’s administration. President Donald Trump nominated Dr. Jerome M. Adams to serve as the next surgeon general. Adams is currently Indiana’s health commissioner and served in that post while Vice President Mike Pence was governor of Indiana.
The surgeon general nominee tweeted that he’s “truly honored” that the president selected him for the post. If confirmed, Adams would succeed Vivek Murthy, appointed by President Obama. After firing Murthy, the Trump administration replaced him temporarily with Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, an African-American nurse.
Now, Adams must be confirmed by the Senate. If he is indeed confirmed, he would serve a four-year term and would take over for Sylvia Trent-Adams, who’s served as the acting surgeon general since April 21 when Trump dismissed Vivek Murthy. Murthy had served in the role since December 18, 2014, and was nominated by President Barack Obama.
Adams has a long-tenured history in the health industry and is from Vice President Mike Pence‘s home state of Indiana. He was first appointed by Pence — when he was governor — to serve as Indiana’s Health Commissioner on October 22, 2014 and was re-appointed Jan. 9, 2017 by Governor Eric J. Holcomb.
In the role, Adams oversees a number of branches of the state’s health departments: Public Health Protection and Laboratory Services, Health and Human Services, Health Care Quality and Regulatory, and Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commissions. In addition to serving as the health commissioner, he’s also the secretary of the Indiana State Department of Health’s executive board and is also the chairman of the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee.
Adams, an anesthesiologist who holds a master’s degree in public healthfrom the University of California at Berkeley, was a key player in navigating Indiana’s response to an HIV epidemic directly associated with drug use in 2015. He earned his M.D. from the Indiana University School of Medicine, according to the White House.
Adams spoke in 2015 to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) committee on the safety of Opana, an opiate. He was an advocate to have the drug pulled from the market after 215 cases of HIV were reported in Indiana, saying nearly all of them injected Opana prior to being diagnosed with the disease.