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The Department of Anesthesia welcomes new chair David C. Adams, MD

The Department of Anesthesia welcomed David Adams, MD, as the chair of the Department of Anesthesia effective January 1, 2021. Dr. Adams joins us from the Montefiore Medical Center where he served as vice chair for clinical operations and ultimately executive vice chair for the Department of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Adams graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's with honors in physiology. He conducted his medical student education at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. His residency was performed at Columbia University in New York.  His professional journey started at Columbia University (1993-1998), Mount Sanai School of Medicine (1998-2000) and University of Vermont College of Medicine (2000-2015) where he also served as associate dean for graduate medical education (2007-2014). From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Adams served as a professor of the clinical scholar pathway for the University of Vermont. From 2017 to 2020, Dr. Adams served as a professor of anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine located in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Dr. Adams also served as director of neuroanesthesia clinical division at Mount Sanai School of Medicine, residency training program director, vice chair for education and research, interim chair and health service leader at the University of Vermont before landing at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.

On a personal note, Dr. Adams enjoys spending time and traveling with his wife and kids. The family has traveled to Morocco, Nepal, Vietnam, Peru, India, Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania and the United Kingdom. Dr. Adams and his wife have also walked about 350 miles of the 630 miles of the Southwest Coastal Path in England through Devon and Cornwall. Dr. Adams enjoys physical fitness as he bikes and skis at every opportunity.

Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, steps down as U.S. Surgeon General

Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, the 20th United States Surgeon General, and first anesthesiologist to serve in the role, stepped down on January 21, 2021 at the request of President Joe Biden. Dr. Adams served as U.S. Surgeon General during the first pandemic since the 1918 Spanish Flu. Dr. Adams accomplished much needed work on addressing the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic, three hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Adams stated "During my tenure, I have visited with people from all across America. I can assure you that from Alaska to Alabama, from Maine to Montana, and from California to the Carolinas, Americans mostly want the same thing. They want a fair shot at being their best and healthiest self, and to be able to support the health and well-being of their families... I hope in 2021 and beyond, we can focus more on what unites us, and rise above what divides us. Because Americans working together can overcome any obstacle or adversary. I stand at the ready to help in our mutual quest for recovery, resilience, and health, and thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the opportunity to serve."

The Department of Anesthesia and IU School of Medicine are proud of Dr. Adams’s service to our country and thank Dr. Adams for his hard work and dedication.