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Jerome Adams

Executive Director, Health Equity Initiatives, Purdue University; 20th US Surgeon General

Jerome Adams is presidential fellow and executive director of health equity initiatives at Purdue University, as well as distinguished professor of practice in the departments of pharmacy practice and public health. Adams formerly served as the US surgeon general and a member of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force. Adams, an anesthesiologist, ran the Indiana State Department of Health prior to becoming surgeon general, leading Indiana’s response to the Ebola, Zika, and HIV crises; assisting the legalization of syringe service programs in the state; and increasing funding to combat infant mortality. A regular contributor on television, radio, and in print, Adams is an expert both in the science and in communicating the science and its relevancy to various audiences in the lay public.

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