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Governor chooses an ISMA leader to be new health commissioner
e-Reports, Oct. 20, 2014
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Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H.
Indiana State Health Commissioner 

Gov. Mike Pence announced the appointment of Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., as the state’s new health commissioner. Dr. Adams is an anesthesiologist with Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis where he chairs the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and is an assistant professor with Indiana University Department of Anesthesia. He also has been active with the ISMA since he was a medical student.

ISMA President Heidi M. Dunniway, M.D., said, “The Indiana State Department of Health and Hoosier citizens will discover an energetic, compassionate and articulate advocate in Dr. Jerome Adams.”

Noting he has earned the respect of his fellow physicians as an effective leader and spokesman, Dr. Dunniway added, “In this challenging time for public health, Dr. Adams is the right person, with the right vision, to improve the health of Indiana citizens.”

Having served as president of the Young Physician Society, Dr. Adams was elected ISMA assistant treasurer last September. In accordance with ISMA bylaws, the Board of Trustees will appoint an interim assistant treasurer at its next meeting on Nov. 23. That appointee will serve until the next session of the House of Delegates in September 2015.

This same process was employed earlier this year when ISMA’s then president-elect, John Wernert, M.D., resigned the office as a result of becoming the new secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

Dr. Adams is an American Board of Anesthesia Diplomate and a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He also earned a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former Howard Hughes Research Scholar and, in addition to serving on the ISMA Board of Trustees, has served with the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologist’s Board of Directors, chairing that organization’s Legislative Committee.

Dr. Adams will continue to work at Eskenazi Health, as permitted by Indiana law, and will assume his new role on Oct. 22, 2014.

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