Read Admiral Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams will be the a Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for the University of North Texas Health Science Center, President Michael Williams announced. Trent-Adams, who is a Rear Admiral with the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was also acting Surgeon General of the United States in 2017.
Trent Adams was Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which is a front line public health service branch of more than 6,000 officers, from 2015-2018. During that time, she was an advisor to the Surgeon General in the fight against the opioid crisis, which is a key issue for UNTHSC.
“Dr. Trent-Adams will bring to HSC a wealth of expertise and experience in improving access to quality health care to underserved populations and for creating solutions to our biggest public health issues, like the opioid crisis and COVID-19,” Williams said via release. “HSC and our Fort Worth community will greatly benefit from Dr. Trent-Adams’ leadership.”
Trent-Adams also worked in the HIV/AIDS Bureau where she managed the $2.3 billion Ryan White Program, which provides services for uninsured and underserved populations with HIV. She has received the Meritorious Service Medal for leadership for her work responding to Ebola in West Africa, and the International Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal, which is the highest international honor given to a nurse.
“I am deeply honored and excited to join HSC,” Dr. Trent-Adams said. “I look forward to working alongside this incredible team of faculty, staff, and students.”