US Surgeon General and Vice Admiral, US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, US Department of Health and Human Services
Jerome Adams is US surgeon general and vice admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. During his tenure, he has created several initiatives to tackle pressing health issues such as the opioid epidemic, oral health, and links between community health and both economic prosperity and national security. Adams was Indiana state health commissioner from 2014 to 2017, leading the state’s responses to Ebola, Zika, and an HIV outbreak related to injection drug use. Previously, he was a professor of clinical anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health. Adams has been a leader in professional organizations including the American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Association, and Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists.