Northwestern University / Northwestern Medicine
James G. Adams, MD, FACEP is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Northwestern Medicine (NM), a 10 hospital health system with approximately $5.8 billion in annual revenue. Located around Chicago, Illinois it has been rated as the most preferred provider in the market for over 7 years, with Northwestern Memorial Hospital also recognized on the U.S News and World Report Honor Roll of best hospitals.
Dr. Adams is also Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is an active clinician and educator, overseeing a research program focused on health services research directed to improving healthcare delivery in the United States.
He was previously Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a founding faculty member of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine residency. Prior to that, he was Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and a Major in the United States Air Force.
He has over 75 academic publications related to health services, quality management, safety, ethics, professionalism and communication, he has been a visiting professor, speaker, and distinguished lecturer at over 200 universities and national conferences. He has led numerous local, regional, and national committees on both ethics and quality management and has served on U.S. Presidential Commissions. He has held notable leadership positions including service on the Board of Directors of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and, for 10 years, as Senior Associate Editor of the journal Academic Emergency Medicine. For three editions he was an editor of Rosen’s Principles and Practice of Emergency Medicine. In 2008, the comprehensive textbook Adams Emergency Medicine was published, an innovative major work oriented toward contemporary learning styles for which he serves as Executive Editor, currently 2 editions.