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Senate Confirms Surgeon General and Other HHS Officials

August 4, 2017—The Senate Aug. 3 confirmed Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, as U.S. Surgeon General, along with several other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) nominees.

Before his nomination, Dr. Adams served as Indiana’s Health Commissioner. Previously, he worked as both a professor of anesthesiology and as a provider at Indiana University School of Medicine [see Washington Highlights, June 30].

Other confirmed HHS nominees include: Robert Kadlec MD, MS, as the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, as the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse; and Lance Robertson, MPA, as the Assistant Secretary for Aging.

In addition, other nominees were considered and will continue to be reviewed by the relevant congressional committees, including Brett Giroir, MD, for Assistant Secretary for Health, and Matthew Bassett, for Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs. Their nominations are expected to be considered further in September.


Shamaal Sheppard
Intern, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-478-9924


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