Professor and System Chair, Cardiovascular Surgery
Dr. David H. Adams is the Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief of the Mount Sinai Health System and 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. 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. He is the current President-Elect of the American Associaton for Thoracic Surgery, the world’s oldest and most prestigious society dedicated to thoracic disease.
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 450 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 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.