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David Adams

  • PROFESSOR AND SYSTEM CHAIR Cardiovascular Surgery
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  • Thoracic Surgery

Clinical Focus


  • American Board of Surgery


  • 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


    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.

    Curriculum Vitae

    In the News
    Dr. Adams discusses mitral-valve repair in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.
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  • 2009 -
    Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine
    American Heart Association

  • 2006 -
    Top 100 Minimally Invasive Surgeons
    New York Magazine

  • 2002 - Present
    Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • 2002 - 2014
    Best Doctors (2002 - 2014)
    New York Magazine

  • 2001 -
    Best Oral Presentation, Internation Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery

  • 2000 -
    Honorary Professor of Surgery
    Capital University of Medical Sciences Beijing

  • 1992 -
    Alton Ochsner Research Scholar
    The American Association of Thoracic Surgergy

  • 1987 -
    National Research Service Award
    National Institute of Health

  • 1986 -
    Paul Dudley White Research Fellowship
    American Heart Association

  • 1981 -
    International College of Surgeons Scholarship

  • 1981 -
    Alpha Omega Alpha


Dr. Adams’ major research interests include:
  • Outcomes related to mitral valve repair
  • Strategies in complex mitral valve repair
  • Transcatheter valve replacement


Adams DH, Rosenhek R, Faulk V. Degenerative mitral valve regurgitation: best practice revolution. European Heart Journal 2010 August; 31(16): 1958-1966.

Adams DH, Anyanwu AC. Asymptomatic mitral regurgitation: does surgery save lives?. Nature Reviews in Cardiology 2009 May; 6(5): 330-332.

Adams DH, Anyanwu AC, Chikwe J, Filsoufi F. The Year in Cardiovascular Surgery. J Am Coll Cardiol 2009 June; 53(25): 2389-2403.

Adams DH, Anyanwu AC. Seeking a higher standard for degenerative mitral valve repair: begin with etiology. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2008 Sep; 136(3): 551-556.

Adams DH, Anyanwu AC, Sugeng L, Lang RM. Degenerative mitral valve regurgitation: surgical echocardiography. Curr Cardiol Rep 2008 May; 10(3): 226-232.

Akins CW, Miller 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 . Guidelines for reporting mortality and morbidity after cardiac valve interventions. Ann Thorac Surg 2008 Apr; 85(4): 1490-1495.

Adams DH, Anyanwu AC. The cardiologist's role in increasing the rate of mitral valve repair in degenerative disease. Curr Opin Cardiol 2008 Mar; 23: 105-110.

Anyanwu AC, Filsoufi F, Salzberg SP, Bronster DJ, Adams DH. Epidemiology of stroke after cardiac surgery in the current era. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007 Nov; 134(5): 1121-1127.

Anyanwu AC, Adams DH. Etiologic classification of degenerative mitral valve disease: Barlow's disease [review]. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007 Summer; 19(2): 90-96.

Anyanwu AC, Adams DH. The intraoperative . J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007 June; 133(6): 1635-1636.

Adams DH, Anyanwu AC, Rahmanian PB, Abascal V, Salzberg SP, Filsoufi F. Large annuloplasty rings facilitate mitral valve repair in Barlow's disease. Ann Thorac Surg 2006 Dec; 82(6): 2096-2100.

Filsoufi F, Rahmanian PB, Anyanwu A, Adams DH. Physiologic basis for the surgical treatment of ischemic mitral regurgitation [review]. Am Heart Hosp J 2006 Fall; 4(4): 261-268.

Adams DH, Anyanwu AC, Rahmanian PB, Filsoufi F. Current concepts in mitral valve repair for degenerative disease. Heart Fail Rev 2006 Sep ; 11(3): 241-257.

Daimon M, Fukuda S, Adams DH, McCarthy PM, Gillinov AM, Carpentier A, Filsoufi F, Abascal VM, Rigolin VH, Salzberg S, Huskin A, Langenfeld M, Shiota T. 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(1 Suppl): I588-593.

Adams DH, Anyanwu A. Pitfalls and limitations in measuring and interpreting the outcomes of mitral valve repair. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2006 Mar; 131(3): 523-529.

Salzberg SP, Filsoufi F, Anyanwu A, von Harbou K, Gass A, Pinney SP, Carpentier A, Adams DH. High-risk mitral valve surgery: perioperative hemodynamic optimization with. Ann Thorac Surg 2005 Aug; 80(2): 502-506.

Vassiliades TA Jr, Block PC, Cohn LH, 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) . The clinical development of percutaneous heart valve technology: a position statement of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). Ann Thorac Surg 2005 May; 79(5): 1812-1818.

Filsoufi F, Salzberg SP, Adams DH. Current management of ischemic mitral regurgitation. Mt Sinai J Med 2005 Mar; 72(2): 105-115.

Adams DH, Filsoufi F. Another chapter in an enlarging book: repair degenerative mitral valves. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2003 June; 125(6): 1197-1199.

Adams DH, Popma JJ, Reardon MJ. Transcatheter aortic-valve replacement with a self-expanding prosthesis. The New England journal of medicine 2014 Sep; 371(10).

Anyanwu AC, Itagaki S, Pinney S, Adams DH. 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;.

Adams DH, Popma JJ, 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. The New England journal of medicine 2014 May; 370(19).

Reardon MJ, Adams DH, Coselli JS, 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. Self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement using alternative access sites in symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis deemed extreme risk of surgery. The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery 2014 Jul;.

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Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Adams during 2015 and/or 2016. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Other Activities: Examples include, but are not limited to, committee participation, data safety monitoring board (DSMB) membership.

  • Edwards Lifesciences; Medtronic, Inc.

Royalty Payments:

  • Edwards Lifesciences; Medtronic, Inc.

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