| Jerome Adams |
|Born||September 22, 1974|
|Alma mater||Indiana University, Berkeley, University of Maryland|
|Member of||White House/Coronavirus Task Force|
Jerome Michael Adams (born September 22, 1974) is an American anesthesiologist and a vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps who served as the 20th Surgeon General of the United States.
Adams attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County through a full-tuition Meyerhoff Scholarship, a grant dedicated to minority students interested in the sciences. Adams received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and his Bachelor of Arts in Biopsychology. Additionally, Adams studied abroad in the Netherlands and Zimbabwe.
Adams attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine on a scholarship from the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. He also received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000, with a focus on chronic disease prevention. Adams completed his internship in internal medicine (2002–2003) at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, and his residency in anesthesiology (2003–2006) at Indiana University. He is board certified in anesthesiology.
In October 2014, Adams was appointed Indiana State Health Commissioner, where he led the State’s responses to Ebola (there were no cases in Indiana, but Adams coordinated the state’s preparedness program, including ensuring the state had enough personal protective equipment and helping Indiana University Health to build an Ebola room to treat potential victims), Zika, and to the largest ever HIV outbreak in the United States related to injection drug use. He was originally appointed by Governor Mike Pence and re-appointed by newly elected Governor Eric Holcomb in 2017.
As the Surgeon General, Dr. Adams holds the rank of Vice Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. In this capacity, he oversees the operations of approximately 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 800 locations around the world.
Comparing Covid-19 to Pearl Harbor and 9/11