Surgeon general visits OU Health Sciences Center

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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams visits with physicians, students and staff at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center on Wednesday.

Dr. Jerome Adams, the 20th surgeon general of the United States, visited with physicians, students and staff at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center on Wednesday morning, sharing his insights on the state of health care in Oklahoma and the nation.

Adams has 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, promoting, protecting and advancing the health and safety of the nation.

During his tenure, Adams has created several initiatives to tackle our nation's most pressing health issues, including the opioid epidemic, oral health and the links between community health and both economic prosperity and national security. Additionally, Adams is focused on building a culture of health and prevention in all sectors. He addressed some of the issues Wednesday morning.

Adams received bachelor's degrees in both biochemistry and psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.

He has been a leader in numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association and the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists. Adams is also the former health commissioner of Indiana, where he led the state's responses to Ebola, Zika and the largest ever HIV outbreak in the United States related to injection drug use.

Following Adams' presentation, the audience was invited to participate in a brief question-and-answer period. Jennifer Schultz, senior vice president of marketing and communications for OU Medicine, moderated.

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