- ABMS Certification:
- Surgery, 1995
- Research Interests:
Cell adhesion signaling in tumor invasion and metastasis clinical trials for gastrointestinal malignancies
- Clinical Practice:
- Bile Duct Cancer, Gallbladder Cancer, Liver Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Gastric (Stomach) Cancer, Whipple Procedure, Carcinoid Cancer-GI
Chief of Surgical Oncology
- Professor of Surgery
As associate director of clinical affairs for the Cancer Center, Dr. Adams is responsible for clinical strategic and operational management. He is chief of the division of surgical oncology and the division of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery.
In his clinical roles, he established a Pancreatic Cancer Program that involves screening for high-risk patients as well as novel treatment therapies for those who are diagnosed with the condition. In addition, Adams is member-elect on the Clinical Staff Executive Committee Advisory Committee.
He is also in charge of strategic and operational management of the Cancer Center of Excellence, as director of the COE.
Adams has been a part of the UVA community since 1979 when he was an undergraduate student. He attended the UVA School of Medicine as a student and surgery resident, and after a one-year hiatus for a fellowship in Toronto, Adams joined the UVA faculty in 1995.
His clinical interests include liver, pancreatic and biliary cancers and diseases.
In his spare time, Adams’ primary focus is his family, although he enjoys reading and fly fishing for trout.
- 2011-2018 Best Doctors in America® List
- 2015 One of America's Top Cancer Doctors, Newsweek®
- University of Virginia, 1987
- Surgery, University of Virginia
- Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, The Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto; Transplant Surgery, The Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto