by Sarah Moore, GetWellNetwork

February 22, 2018


As the nation’s doctor, the U.S. surgeon general is charged with communicating the best available scientific health information to individuals where they live, work and play. Tasked with supporting and advising on these efforts, RADM Trent-Adams brings a unique perspective on the issues likely to have the most impact on the industry in the year ahead.


Read on to learn more about the woman behind the title.




She understands the front lines of public health

Throughout her career, RADM Trent-Adams has been a champion for public health. She has spent well over a decade serving the public sector, including 25 years in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps working to advance the health of the nation.


Through various policy and clinical roles, including positions in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), she has demonstrated a clear focus on improving access to care, particularly for marginalized populations domestically and internationally.


Her resume is deep, broad and full of accomplishments

Before becoming deputy surgeon general, a position that led to temporary appointment as acting surgeon general in 2017 (only the second non-physician to fill the role), RADM Trent-Adams was chief nurse officer of the Commissioned Corps.


Her resume also includes experience as deputy associate administrator for the Department of HHS’s HIV/AIDS bureau, U.S. Army nurse officer, cancer research nurse and U.S. Senate intern (twice). She was chair of the Federal Public Health Nurse Leadership Council and the Federal Nursing Service Council and published numerous articles, contributed to research studies and presented to a variety of domestic and international organizations and professional groups.


RADM Trent-Adams’ dedication to improving public health has earned her multiple commendations and awards, including the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal and the Red Cross’ 2017 Florence Nightingale Medal.


She’s a nurse...and a doctor

An American Academy of Nursing fellow, RADM Trent-Adams’ clinical practice focused on trauma, oncology, community health and infectious disease.


She began her career with the U.S. Army and credits her experience working in the oncology unit at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. as “the best training any nurse could ever have.” Further explaining that, “You have to be a nurse, a soldier, a manager [and] a leader. Walter Reed prepared me for multidisciplinary care.”


RADM Trent-Adams, also known as DOCTOR Trent-Adams, earned her doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She also holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in addition to her nursing degree that she received while attending Hampton University on an ROTC scholarship.


Read her full bio.


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