INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) -- President Donald Trump is nominating Indiana's Health Commissioner to be the next U.S. Surgeon General.
Dr. Jerome Adams announced his nomination on Twitter Thursday-- saying "truly honored at nomination by Donald Trump for US Surgeon General.
Looking forward to working to improve health in US."
The White House also confirmed the news. If confirmed by the Senate, Adams would serve a four year term as Surgeon General. President Trump's abruptly fired the previous surgeon general Vivek Murthy without explanation.
Indiana's U. S. Senator Todd Young released a statement commending President Trump for his nomination of Adams. "The President would be hard-pressed to find a more exceptional person for this position. As our Indiana State Health Commissioner and a highly regarded anesthesiologist, he has devoted his professional life to serving our state and caring for Hoosiers, and he has a been great resource and friend to my team and me. I look forward to voting to confirm him."
Adams has served as Indiana's Health Commissioner since 2014, when he was appointed by then-Governor Mike Pence. Dr. Adams currently serves as assistant professor of clinical anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and as a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he is Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
He earned a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in biopsychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has been a researcher at medical schools in both the Netherlands and Zimbabwe and has worked under Nobel Prize winner Dr. Tom Cech. He earned his Medical Doctorate at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and his Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
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