UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — President Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. surgeon general has been sworn in.
On Sept. 5, Dr. Jerome Adams was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the nation’s 20th surgeon general.
An anesthesiologist and former Indiana state health commissioner, Adams said his motto will be, “Better health through better partnerships.”
Adams promised to address wide-ranging health issues from the opioid epidemic to mental health to childhood obesity.
Borrowing Trump’s catchphrase, Adams said, “Let’s all work together to make American health great again.”
Also known as the “nation’s doctor,” the surgeon general oversees the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which includes roughly 6,700 people who serve in public health and clinical service roles for federal agencies.
Adams’ predecessor, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, was dismissed by Trump in April.