Jerome M. Adams

The 20th U.S. Surgeon General’s perspectives on the nation’s biggest health issues

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About Jerome M. Adams

Vice Admiral (VADM) Jerome M Adams, MD, MPH was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence on September 5, 2017 as the 20th United States Surgeon General. Dr. Adams’ motto as Surgeon General is “better health through better partnerships.” As Surgeon General, Dr. Adams is committed to maintaining strong relationships with the public health community and forging new partnerships with non-traditional partners, including business and law enforcement. Dr. Adams oversees the operations of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which has approximately 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in nearly 600 locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our nation and our world.

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As Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams has pledged to lead with science and to facilitate locally-led solutions to America’s most vexing health problems. In his TEDMED 2018 discussion with The New York Times’s Pulitzer Prize-winning health and science writer, Pam Belluck, Dr. Adams reveals how his lived experiences have shaped his views as a health professional and his understanding of the government’s role in health issues.

Throughout their conversation, Dr. Adams and Pam discuss important topics ranging from Dr. Adams’s nuanced view on gun policy, to the impact his brother's opioid addiction has had on his family, to why he believes being a father makes him a better Surgeon General. Tune in to the discussion to learn about how our "Nation's Doctor" is working to advance the health of the American people.

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