David B. Adams was born in 1950 in Annapolis, Maryland. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1973. He obtained his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in 1977. After completing his internship and residency in surgery in 1982 at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia, he was named Chief of Surgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 1983 he came to the U.S. Naval Hospital, Charleston where he was named Chief of Surgery prior to joining the faculty in the department of Surgery at MUSC in 1986. He has served as Medical Director, One West Trauma Center, and Program Director in the General Surgery Residency training program, and is currently Course Director of the MUSC Annual Postgraduate Course in Surgery and Professor of Surgery and Head, Section of Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgery.
Dr. Adams’ research interests are focused on gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgery. He has special interests in the surgical management of chronic pancreatitis. He has published over 100 works and presented over 100 talks related to his clinical interests. His teaching and clinical interests have been recognized with several awards including the Best Clinical Instructor in General Surgery, MUSC Faculty member Alpha Omega Alpha, MUSC Faculty Excellence Award, the Paul H. O’Brien Resident Teaching Award, The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, and the MUSC Health Sciences Foundation Outstanding Clinician Award.