The airline said the flight had to return to the gate before takeoff due to a "customer illness".
Dr. Adams tweeted Wednesday that he stepped up when the crew on his flight asked if there was a doctor on board to help the passenger.
As per the information from the surgeon general's office, Dr. Jerome Adams was aboard the 1827 Delta flight from Atlanta to Jackson on Wednesday evening when a passenger lost consciousness on the tarmac, before the departure of the flight from the airport. "Why yes- yes there was", Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams later tweeted. Adams said he alerted the attendants that he was indeed a doctor and assisted in the medical emergency. Adams and two nurses came forward. Adams helped the passenger off the plane and telephoned their spouse with a recommendation to go to the hospital.
Adams, who has served as surgeon general since September of previous year, is an anesthesiologist, according to his official biography.More news: World Health Organization calls for emergency meeting to discuss global risks of outbreak
"Hello, Wow! We certainly thank you for volunteering as well as your service".
Delta also released a statement confirming that Adams intervened when a passenger became ill.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant praised the anesthesiologist and former IN health commissioner.
According to local news station WAPT, Adams was headed to speak at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Thursday to address the Trump administration's fight against the opioid epidemic.