Creation of Mark B. Adams, MD
Chair in Surgery
It is with great pleasure that the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin announces the creation of the Mark B. Adams, MD Chair in Surgery. A search committee has been formed under the direction of Dr. Keith Oldham for recruitment of the inaugural holder of the Adams Chair who will also be the Service Line Director for Solid Organ Transplantation across the Medical College of Wisconsin - Froedtert Hospital - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin campus.
Dr. Adams was the Ausman Family Foundation Professor of Surgery and Chairman at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 2003 until his untimely death in 2007. A tremendously gifted surgeon and educator, Dr. Adams is credited with fostering the development of abdominal solid organ transplantation in Milwaukee. In 2001 he was honored with a Distinguished Service Award, the Medical College’s highest honor, for his contributions in clinical excellence and teaching. He received the Faculty Teaching Award in 1981 and again in 1988 and was widely known for his extraordinary talents in clinical medicine and surgery.
Dr. Adams was a graduate of Reed College in Portland Oregon and the University of Oregon Medical School. He came to Milwaukee in 1972 to join the Surgical Residency Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Following completion of his residency he joined the faculty and was promoted to professor in 1989. In 1987 he was appointed Chief of the Division of Transplantation and in 2003 was appointed Chair of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Adams’ research program was supported by VA merit reviews, industry sponsorship, and cooperative group funding. He authored or co-authored 168 manuscripts in the peer-reviewed literature, multiple book chapters, and numerous abstracts which were presented at regional and national meetings. Dr. Adams was a nationally known and respected leader in transplantation who displayed the highest level of integrity, the constant pursuit of excellence, and a deep commitment to his patients.
The creation of an endowed chair is the highest honor in the Department of Surgery. It is with tremendous pride and admiration that we announce the creation of the Mark B. Adams, MD Chair in Surgery.