- A nurse is now the new U.S. Surgeon General
- It is the African-American woman to hold this position
- She replaced Dr. Vivek H. Murthy
An African-American woman will become the first black nurse to serve as U.S. Surgeon General. Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams has been working for over 24 years in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS), where her last position was chief nurse officer, from 2013 to 2016.
Trent-Adams is the first African-American non-physician to obtain this important position, dubbed as “America’s Doctor.” She will be responsible for communicating scientific data and discoveries that will enable improvements of the country’s health system.
The new U.S. Surgeon General holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Hampton University, and an M.S. in Nursing and Health Policy as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, where she was a researcher.
Trent-Adams also served as an Army nurse officer. She replaced Dr. Vivek H. Murthy in the position.
Dr. Murthy had been asked to resign “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration,” said a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman, Alleigh Marré, in a statement on Friday.