ARLINGTON, Va. — Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H., was confirmed today by the Senate as the next United States surgeon general. In this key role as the “nation’s doctor,” Adams will provide the public with the best available scientific information about how to improve their health and prevent illness or injury. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued the following statement from APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.:
“We are pleased that the Senate acted swiftly to confirm Dr. Jerome Adams as the United States surgeon general. Dr. Adams has worked throughout his career to improve public health. His expertise in combatting opioid addiction is particularly needed as physicians and elected officials work together to reduce the toll of this epidemic. On behalf of our 37,000 members, I congratulate Dr. Adams on his confirmation and look forward to working with him to improve well-being of all Americans, including those needing treatment for mental health or substance use disorders. We commend him for ensuring that people with serious mental illness are a part of his agenda.”
The American Psychiatric Association is the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,000 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.