David H Adams, MD
- PROFESSOR AND SYSTEM CHAIR | Cardiovascular Surgery
Dr. David H. Adams 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 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 Mount Sinai Hospital's Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center, he has set national benchmarks, with > 99% degenerative mitral valve repair rates, while running one of the largest programs in the United States with a team that now performs over 428 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. He is the co-inventor of 2 mitral valve annuloplasty repair rings (the Carpentier-McCarthy-Adams IMR ETlogix Annuloplasty Ring and the Carpentier-Edwards Physio II Annuloplasty Ring), and is also the inventor of the Medtronic Tri-Ad Adams Tricuspid Annuloplasty Ring. He is a co-director of the annual American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Heart Valve Summit, and the Director of the biennial AATS Mitral Conclave, the largest international meeting in the world focused on mitral valve disease.
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 also 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. He currently is a Councilor of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery 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. He 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’ major research interests include outcomes related to mitral valve repair, strategies in complex mitral valve repair, and transcatheter valve replacement. Past research honors include the Alton Ochsner Research Scholarship from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery 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. He received his undergraduate and medical education at Duke University and completed his internship and residency in general and cardiothoracic surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In addition, he completed a two-year research fellowship under Professor Morris Karnovsky in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and an advanced cardiac surgical fellowship under Sir Magdi Yacoub in London. He later served at Brigham and Women's Hospital as the Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery. He has held his current position as Professor and Chairman at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 2002.
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Dr. Adams discusses mitral-valve repair in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.
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MD, Duke University
Residency, Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Fellowship, Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surg, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine
Top 100 Minimally Invasive Surgeons
Best Doctors (2002 - 2014)
Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery
Best Oral Presentation, Internation Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
Honorary Professor of Surgery
Alton Ochsner Research Scholar
National Research Service Award
Paul Dudley White Research Fellowship
Alpha Omega Alpha
International College of Surgeons Scholarship
Dr. Adams’ major research interests include:
- Outcomes related to mitral valve repair
- Strategies in complex mitral valve repair
- Transcatheter valve replacement
Anyanwu TA, Itagaki S, Pinney S, Adams DH, Borer JS, Feldman T, Holmes DR, Laskey WK, Lytle BW, Mack MJ, Williams DO, Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) , American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) , Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) , American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) , American Heart Association (AHA) . Initial experience with routine less invasive implantation of HeartMate II left ventricular assist device without median sternotomy. European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery 2014 Mar; 79.
Little SH, Oh JK, Gillam L, Sengupta PP, Orsinelli DA, Cavalcante JL, Chang JD, Adams DH, Zorn GL, Pollak AW, Abdelmoneim SS, Reardon MJ, Qiao H, Popma JJ. Self-Expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Versus Surgical Valve Replacement in Patients at High Risk for Surgery: A Study of Echocardiographic Change and Risk Prediction. Circulation. Cardiovascular interventions 2016 Jun; 9(6).
Reardon MJ, Adams D, Coselli JS, Deeb , NS, S, Yakubov SJ, Heimansohn D, Hermiller J, G, Harrison JK, Khabbaz K, Tadros , Zorn L, W, J, Petrossian G, Robinson , Maini B, Mumtaz M, Lee JS, T, Resar , Conte , Watson D, Chenoweth S. Self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement using alternative access sites in symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis deemed extreme risk of surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2003 Jul;.
Kron IL, Acker MA, Adams DH, Ailawadi G, Bolling SF, Hung JW, Lim DS, LaPar DJ, Mack MJ, O'Gara PT, Parides MK, Puskas JD. 2015 The American Association for Thoracic Surgery Consensus Guidelines: Ischemic mitral valve regurgitation. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2016 Apr; 151(4).
Adams DH, Adams RH, Faulk V, Deeb GM, Kleiman NS, Chetcuti S, Yakubov SJ, Heimansohn D, Hermiller J, Hughes GC, Harrison JK, Khabbaz K, Tadros P, Zorn GL, Merhi W, Heiser J, Petrossian G, Robinson N, Maini B, Mumtaz M, Lee JS, Gleason TG, Resar J, Conte J, Watson D, Chenoweth S, Popma JJ. Degenerative mitral valve regurgitation: best practice revolution. European Heart Journal 2010 Jul;(16): 1958-1966.
Adams DH, Popma JJ, Reardon MJ, Yakubov J, S, GM, Gleason T, Buchbinder M, Hermiller , NS, Chetcuti S, Heiser , Merhi , Zorn G, P, Robinson N, Petrossian , Hughes GC, Harrison J, Conte J, B, Mumtaz , Chenoweth , Oh JK. Current management of ischemic mitral regurgitation. Mt Sinai J Med 2005 May; 72(19).
Adams DH, Popma AC, Reardon MJ, Yakubov SJ, Coselli JS, Deeb GM, Gleason TG, Buchbinder M, Hermiller J, Kleiman NS, Chetcuti S, Heiser J, Merhi W, Zorn G, Tadros P, Robinson N, Petrossian G, Hughes GC, Harrison JK, Conte J, Maini B, Mumtaz M, Chenoweth S, Oh JK. Transcatheter aortic-valve replacement with a self-expanding prosthesis. Nature Reviews in Cardiology 2009 May; 370(5): 330-332.
Adams CW, Anyanwu DC, Turina , Kouchoukos T, Blackstone EH, GL, Takkenberg , David E, Butchart E, Adams DH, DM, S, Mayer JE, Lytle W, Society of Thoracic Surgeons , American Association for Thoracic Surgery . Asymptomatic mitral regurgitation: does surgery save lives?. Ann Thorac Surg 2008 Apr; 6(4): 1490-1495.
Adams DH, Anyanwu AC, Sugeng L, Lang M. Degenerative mitral valve regurgitation: surgical echocardiography. Curr Cardiol Rep 2008 August; 10(3): 226-232.
Daimon M, Fukuda S, Adams H, PM, AM, Carpentier A, Filsoufi , Abascal VM, Rigolin VH, S, Huskin A, M, Shiota . Mitral valve repair with Carpentier-McCarthy-Adams IMR ETlogix annuloplasty ring for ischemic mitral regurgitation: early echocardiographic results from a multi-center study. Circulation 2006 Jul 4; 114(6): I588-593.
Akins CC, Adams DC, Turina MI, Kouchoukos NT, Blackstone EH, Grunkemeier GL, Takkenberg JJ, David TE, Butchart EG, Adams DH, Shahian DM, Hagl S, Mayer JE, Lytle BW, Society of Thoracic Surgeons , American Association for Thoracic Surgery , European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons . The intraoperative . J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007 Apr; 133(6): 1635-1636.
Vassiliades DA Jr, Block PC, Cohn LH, Filsoufi DH, S, Feldman , Holmes DR, Laskey WK, BW, J, Williams , Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) , American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) , American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) , American Heart Association (AHA) . Current concepts in mitral valve repair for degenerative disease. Ann Thorac Surg 2005 May; 79(5): 1812-1818.