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The National Nursing Network Organization welcomes Dr. Jerome Adams as the 20th Surgeon General of the United States. Prior to his confirmation on August 3, 2017, Dr. Adams served as health commissioner for the state of Indiana. His background also includes clinical practice as a board-certified anesthesiologist and as a professor of anesthesia at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He received undergraduate degrees in both biochemistry and biopsychology prior to obtaining a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and a Master's Degree in Public Health at University of California Berkeley.
In his role as Indiana Health Commissioner, Dr. Adams led the state’s response to an HIV outbreak through strong advocacy for needle exchange programs. He brings a dedication to chronic disease prevention and management that aligns with the values represented via the National Nurse Act of 2017. During his congressional confirmation hearing, Dr. Adams identified combating the country’s opioid epidemic and addressing mental illness as key public health priorities. Other top concerns include addressing healthcare access and continuing efforts toward curbing obesity-related illness. SG Adams highlighted the value of health promotion, stating “much of our national focus is on providing care after a person has already developed a disease, but far too often this represents multiple missed - and more cost-effective opportunities to have mitigated or even prevented the problem.” His remarks further stressed the importance of interdisciplinary healthcare team members, including nurses, in leading the nation toward improved health.
Dr. Adams replaced Acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams . RADM Trent-Adams was the first nurse to temporarily fill the role of Surgeon General, a vacancy left upon the departure of previous Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD. The National Nursing Network Organization looks forward to working collaboratively with Dr. Adams and his team to promote and improve health outcomes of the United States’ population.