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IU School of Medicine professor named Indiana State Department of Health commissioner


INDIANAPOLIS — Jerome Adams, M.D., MPH, an Indiana University School of Medicine faculty member, was named commissioner for the Indiana State Department of Health on Oct. 8 by Gov. Mike Pence.

“His public service and academic achievements make Dr. Jerome Adams the ideal candidate to serve in this role,” Pence said. “I am confident that he will bring his extensive health care experience and insights to the Indiana State Department of Health and continue the great work of the agency as they strive to improve the health of all Hoosiers.”

Dr. Adams has worked for several years in the medical field and currently serves as assistant professor of clinical anesthesia at IU School of Medicine and as a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he is chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Previously, he served as a general anesthesiologist at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind., and as a physician rapid responder at Indianapolis Orthopaedic Hospital.

Dr. Adams has been a member of several professional organizations, including the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association; and he serves as chair of the Professional Diversity Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He is on the executive committee for the Indiana State Medical Association and has a great deal of research experience, including working under Nobel Prize winner Thomas Cech, Ph.D.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned his undergraduate degree; the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his Master of Public Health; and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Adams will assume his new role Oct. 22.