On September 5, Vice President Pence swore in Jerome Adams, MD, as the new surgeon general. Dr. Adams, an anesthesiologist with a master’s degree in public health, said that he is eager to start helping victims of Hurricane Harvey as the “nation’s doctor.” He also reaffirmed his commitment to “letting the science lead him to facilitating locally-led solutions to difficult health problems.”
Dr. Adams said his motto will be to “create better health through better partnerships” in an effort to address wide-ranging health issues, such as the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity, and mental health.
Dr. Adams previously served as Indiana’s health commissioner during the time Vice President Pence was governor. Pence then praised him for his work “reducing the state’s infant mortality rate, dealing with the nation’s first case of the MERS virus, and containing the HIV outbreak caused by the injection of oral” pain medications “in Southern Indiana.”