Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, resigned at the Trump administration’s request this weekend and Deputy Surgeon General Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams stepped in as acting Surgeon General, according to HHS.
Prior to her role as deputy, Trent-Adams was chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps, worked in the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, served as a nurse officer in the U.S. Army and was a university research nurse.
Murthy was appointed Surgeon General in 2014 and faced the ongoing opioid and prescription painkiller problem, derided gun violence as a public health issue, cautioned about e-cigarettes, and worked with the Commissioned Corps on Ebola, Zika, and the Flint water crisis.
“As my colleague Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams takes over as Acting Surgeon General, know that our nation is in capable and compassionate hands,” Murthy wrote in a Facebook post Friday night.
Murthy will continue working with the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.