Meet the Chair

"What we’re seeing in heart valve disease is a movement away from replacement with mechanical or bioprosthetic valves, as we understand the true morbidity associated with them and now have a strong desire to move toward valve repair and valve-sparing procedures." – David H. Adams, MD

David H. Adams, MD is the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) and the Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief of the Mount Sinai Health System. He is also President of the Mitral Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting best practice standards in mitral valve disease.

Dr. Adams is a recognized leader in the field of heart valve surgery and mitral valve reconstruction. As the Program Director of the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital, he has set national benchmarks with greater than 99 percent degenerative mitral valve repair rates. Concurrently, he runs one of the largest and most respected valve programs in the United States with a team that now performs over 400 mitral valve operations per year.

He is a co-author with Professor Alain Carpentier, of the internationally acclaimed, and widest selling valve textbook Carpentier's Reconstructive Valve Surgery. Dr. Adams is the co-inventor of two mitral valve annuloplasty repair rings (the Carpentier-Edwards Physio II Annuloplasty Ring and the Carpentier-McCarthy-Adams IMR ETlogix Ring, and he is an inventor of the Medtronic Tri-Ad Adams Tricuspid Annuloplasty Ring). Dr. Adams is a co-director of the annual American College of Cardiology/American Association for Thoracic Surgery Heart Valve Disease Summit, and the Director of the biennial AATS Mitral Conclave, the largest focused meeting on mitral valve disease held in the world.

Dr. Adams is an acclaimed speaker and educator: he has given over 350 invited lectures around the world, and he and his team have developed the world’s largest video library of techniques in valve reconstruction. He is dedicated to teaching surgery throughout the world, and he has performed surgery on over 200 patients in China, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Currently he is Vice President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and serves as the Education Councilor on the AATS Education Committee.

He is the author of over 225 publications, holds three patents, and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Associate Editor for Hurst’s the Heart, 14th edition. Dr. Adams has served on the Editorial Boards of several medical journals, including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and Cardiology, and served as the co-Editor of Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He is also the National Co-Principal Investigator of the FDA United States pivotal trial of the Medtronic CoreValve Transcatheter Aortic Valve replacement device.

Dr. Adams’ clinical expertise includes all aspects of heart valve surgery, with a special emphasis on mitral valve reconstruction. His major research interests include outcomes related to mitral valve repair, novel mitral valve repair strategies, and percutaneous valve replacement. His previous research honors include the Alton Ochsner Research Scholarship from the AATS, and the Paul Dudley White Research Fellowship from the American Heart Association. He has also received honorary professorships from Capital University in Beijing, and Keio University in Tokyo. In 2009, he received the American Heart Association Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine.

Following his undergraduate and medical education at Duke University, Dr. Adams completed his internship and residency in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and at Harvard Medical School. He also completed a fellowship in the Cardiothoracic Unit at Harefield Hospital in London under Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub. In addition, he completed a two-year research fellowship under Professor Morris Karnovsky in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. He later served at Brigham and Women's Hospital as the Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Director of the Brigham Primate Xeno-transplant Laboratory. Dr. Adams has been Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, renamed the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery in 2014, at the Mount Sinai Health System since 2002.