Obama-appointed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy resigned on Friday after the Trump administration asked him to step down. He was replaced by a nurse, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams.
According to a statement made by the Department of Health and Human Services, “Dr. Murthy has been relieved of his duties as Surgeon General and will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps. (Health and Human Services) Secretary [Tom] Price thanks him for his dedicated service to the nation. Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, who is the current Deputy Surgeon General, will serve as the acting Surgeon General and assume leadership of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.”
A vice admiral, Murthy was confirmed and sworn in as the 19th surgeon general in December 2014. His nomination was supported by over 100 national health organizations, including the American Public Health Association and Trust for America’s Health, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.
Murthy, 39, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve as surgeon general and talked about his Indian roots in a post on his personal Facebook page.
He wrote, “For the grandson of a poor farmer from India to be asked by the President to look out for the health of an entire nation was a humbling and uniquely American story. I will always be grateful to our country for welcoming my immigrant family nearly 40 years ago and giving me this opportunity to serve.”
According to her bio on the Department of Health and Human Services website, Trent-Adams had been serving as deputy surgeon general — a role in which she offered advice to the surgeon general regarding the USPHS Commissioned Corps and “communicated the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation.” She joined the USPHS Commissioned Corps in 1992.
Facebook and Twitter pages for the Surgeon General were immediately updated to reflect Trent-Adams’ new position after Murthy’s resignation was announced Friday.
More from Trent-Adams’ bio:
Prior to joining the Office of the Surgeon General, RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams was the Deputy Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). She assisted in managing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program). The $2.3 billion program funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care professionals.
RADM Trent-Adams began her career in the Commissioned Corps of the USPHS in 1992. She has published numerous articles, participated in research studies, and presented to a variety of domestic and international organizations and professional groups. Prior to joining the USPHS, RADM Trent-Adams was a nurse officer in the U.S. Army. She also served as a research nurse at the University of Maryland. RADM Trent-Adams also completed two internships in the U.S. Senate where she focused on the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities and scope of practice for nurses and psychologists. She has served as guest lecturer at the University of Maryland and Hampton University. Her clinical practice was in trauma, oncology, community health, and infectious disease. She has also served as the Chair of the Federal Public Health Nurse Leadership Council, and the Federal Nursing Service Council.
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