- A nurse is now the new U.S. Surgeon General
- She is the first African-American woman to hold this position
- She replaces Dr Vivek H. Murthy
An African-American woman will become the first black nurse to serve as US Surgeon General. Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams has been working for over 24 years in the US 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.
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The new US Surgeon General holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Hampton University, and an MS in Nursing and Health Policy as well as a PhD. 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.
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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.
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