He had also worked to tamp down panic in the United States over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Bernstein reported.
It was an awesome case of being in the right place at the right time, when the U.S. Surgeon General responded to calls for help aboard a Delta flight Wednesday evening.
Adams was on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Jackson, Mississippi, when the flight attendant asked if there was a doctor on board. "Why yes - yes there was".
However, Adams said that it was a part of his duty and he was glad to assist the passenger.
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Adams, who has served as surgeon general since September of past year, is an anesthesiologist, according to his official biography. Although Adams was successful in regaining the consciousness of the passenger, he thought that it would be necessary to take the passenger back to the gate and get the patient evaluated at the hospital.
Delta Air Lines has reached out to thank him for volunteering his services.
The vice admiral, an anesthesiologist, was traveling to MS for a panel discussion on opioid abuse, ABC News reported.
Delta also released a statement confirming that Adams intervened when a passenger became ill.
Among the expressions of congratulatory appreciation for the doctor was Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.