Surgeon General Jerome Adams shared an inspiring story during a White House event honoring Black History Month Tuesday.
As it turns out, the first black physician Adams had ever met was Dr. Ben Carson.
“The first time I ever interacted with a black physician was in college when I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ben Carson. To see a black man making such important contributions to the field of medicine, Dr. Carson, it lit a fire in me.”
“It instilled a belief in me I could do the same. Secretary Carson is here with us today. If you have a chance, stay thank you to him. Thank you, Dr. Carson, from my heart for inspiring me and inspiring so many others.”
Ben Carson, who currently serves as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), worked as a brain surgeon for many years. He ran against Donald Trump in he 2016 Republican primary, but later endorsed him.