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Nelson L. Adams, M.D.


Nelson L. Adams, M.D.

Nelson L. Adams, M.D., a native of Miami, Florida and a product of its public school system, is a medical leader passionately committed to eliminating racial and ethnic inequality in health. An exceptional achiever, earning high recognition both scholastically and among medical peers, Dr. Adams is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Honorary Doctor of Laws.

An esteemed alumnus of Howard University, Dr. Adams has been recognized in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College, where he was named Student of the Year in his freshman class and served as President of the Student National Medical Association. Dr. Adams completed his four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University in 1982. Prior to returning home to Miami, Dr. Adams practiced in Mobile, Alabama for three years.

A board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Dr. Adams has a vibrant and challenging practice in North Miami-Dade County. He was the first African-American Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the first African-American Chief of Staff of North Shore Medical Center. In 1992, he founded the Maternal Child Health Initiative (MCHI), an award-winning model for providing care to at-risk, low-income, pregnant women. The highly successful MCHI utilized a multi-tiered intervention that addressed the psychological, social, and medical needs of expectant mothers.

Today, Dr. Adams is the Chairman of the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson North Medical Center, President of N. L. Adams, M.D. and Associates and Chairman of the board of the Sunshine State Health Plan. He was also the founder, President and Chairman of Access Health Solutions (AHS), a managed care company providing services in 26 counties in Florida. Additionally, Adams is a Clinical Professor at the FIU, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, in the Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Throughout his fruitful career, Dr. Adams’ leadership and community service has reached across academic, religious, fraternal, and charitable institutions. He is a member of the prestigious Orange Bowl Committee, a member of the Board of Trustees of Barry University, Bethune-Cookman University and Meharry Medical College. He currently host a weekly Radio Talk Show—Health Talk on Gospel AM1490 WMBM. He served on the Florida International University’s Foundation Board for 10 years and as Vice Chairman for two of them. He also served as past Chair for the Florida International University’s Center for Leadership – Alumnus, ’09. He has served on the boards of the Children’s Trust, is the past Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Region of the National Conference of Christian and Jews now (MCCJ), and on the board of the Miami Art Museum, now (PAMM). He is also a proud member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity—the “Boulé,” a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. Additionally, he is a beloved and active member of the historic St. John Baptist Church where he serves as an Associate Minister and Chairman of the Board of the church’s Community Development Corporation.

Dr. Adams has held many positions of leadership in organized medicine at the local, state and national levels. He has served on the board of directors of the Dade County Medical Association (DCMA) and is a past President of the DCMA. After several years on the board of Trustees of the National Medical Association he subsequently served as the 107th National President representing their nearly 30,000 African-American physicians and the patients that they serve.

Dr. Adams is the son of the late Naomi A. Adams and the late Nelson L. Adams, both of whom were educators in the Dade County School system. Dr. Adams is married to Effie Jones Adams and they are the proud parents of Victoria and Nelson. Sustained by family ties and guided by spiritual values, Dr. Adams abides by the motto: “To whom much is given, much is required.”

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