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Dr. Adams

Dr. Adams was appointed by Governor Mike Pence as the Indiana State Health Commissioner on October 22, 2014.  In this role he serves as secretary of Indiana State Department of Health’s executive board, as chairman of the Indiana State Trauma Care Committee and as co-chairman of the Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative Governing Council. He is also a member of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Health Workforce Policy Academy Core Team, and the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention. 

Dr. Adams currently serves as assistant professor of clinical anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and as a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he is chairman of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.  He has served in the leadership of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, and on the Boards of the Indiana State Medical Association and Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists. He serves as chairman of the Professional Diversity Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Adams testified about Indiana’s HIV and opioid epidemic before the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2015.

He earned a BS in biochemistry and a BA in biopsychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  He has been a researcher at medical schools in both the Netherlands and Zimbabwe and has worked under Nobel Prize winner Dr. Tom Cech.  He earned his Medical Doctorate at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and his Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.