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Professional Profile: David B. Adams, M.D., FACS

David B. Adams, M.D., FACS, is Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgery and Co-Director of the Digestive Disease Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Prior to joining the MUSC faculty in 1986, he served as Chief of Surgery at the U.S. Naval hospitals in Charleston and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Dr. Adams’ research interests are focused on gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgery.  He has a special interest in the surgical management of chronic pancreatitis. He has published more than 100 works and presented more than 100 talks. His teaching and clinical work has been recognized with numerous awards.

He has served as President of the Waring Library Society, President of the South Carolina Surgical Society, President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Councilor of the Southeastern Surgical Society, Governor of the American College of Surgeons, Second Vice-President of the Southern Surgical Association, and Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Halsted Society. 

He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, The Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Pancreas Club, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the International Society for Digestive Surgery, the Surgical Biology Club III, the Societe Internationale de Chirurgie, the Southern Surgical Association, the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, the International Association of Pancreatology, the Halsted Society, and the American Surgical Association.

Dr. Adams holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He obtained his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in 1977 and completed his residency in surgery in 1982 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia.