WHAT:         U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. will speak to attendees of ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, about major public health issues affecting the U.S. and how physician anesthesiologists can help solve them and improve patient health through better advocacy and community engagement. Reporters are welcome to attend the session.

During his tenure as the 20th Surgeon General and first physician anesthesiologist in that role, Dr. Adams has launched several initiatives to tackle the nation’s most pressing health issues including the opioid epidemic, substance misuse and addiction, and the links between community health, economic prosperity and national security. 

Dr. Adams will discuss these initiatives and how physician anesthesiologists are taking action to address them including the critical role they play in combatting the opioid epidemic by helping to limit opioid misuse and abuse. He will also discuss other major public health issues, such as health risks of e-cigarette use among youth and the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. 

WHEN:         Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 

8 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

WHO: VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. U. S. Surgeon General and physician anesthesiologist 

WHERE: Orange County Convention Center

W320 Chapin Theater

9800 International Drive 

Orlando, FL 32819

NOTE: To attend this session, please contact: 

Theresa Hill

Public Relations Director

C: (773) 330-5273

[email protected] 

Jonathan Durrbeck

Public Communications Inc.

O: (312) 558-1770

[email protected] 




Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 53,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves. 


For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at asahq.org. To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit asahq.org/WhenSecondsCount. Join the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 social conversation today. Like ASA on Facebook, follow ASALifeline on Twitter and use the hashtag #ANES19.