Dr. Adams is a native of Alabama. After completing his undergraduate education at Mississippi State University and obtaining his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, he entered the US Navy where he completed his internship in Surgery at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA and then served for several years as a general medical officer. After completing his naval service, he returned to his surgical training, finishing his residency at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Dr. Adams is board certified in general surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of multiple surgical societies including the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASBMS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the Southeastern Surgical Congress. He is individually credentialed as a Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SOEMBS) by the Surgical Review Corporation. Dr. Adams practiced for many years in Alabama concentrating in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. When an opportunity arose to return to the Hampton Roads area, he and his family jumped at the chance, joining Bon Secours Surgical Specialists in 2008. He is very happily married for nearly 25 years with two grown sons. In his spare time, Dr. Adams enjoys bird hunting, fishing and watching baseball. Dr. Adams has special interest in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. He has over 12 years of experience in bariatric surgery focusing on the gastric bypass and the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. He has a strong interest in foregut surgery with focus on surgical and endoscopic managements of GERD and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). He currently serves as the medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss program at DePaul Medical Center, clinical council member for the Bon Secours Medical Group and president of the Medical Staff at DePaul Medical Center. He practices at DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk and at Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth. He sees patients every week at offices in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and in Suffolk.
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Learn about Dr. Adams
Bon Secours Surgical Specialists is dedicated to providing state-of-the art surgical care with a special emphasis on humanity and compassion. Our specialties include colon and rectal surgery, bariatric surgery, advanced laparoscopic surgery, endovenous treatment of veins, and all aspects of general surgery. Patients trust Bon Secours Surgical Specialists for each surgeon's individual excellence, but also, for the group?s collective, integrated expertise.
Dr. Adams' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in General Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Adams' Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Anal and Rectal Cancer
Angiosarcoma of the Breast
Anorectal Abscess and Fistula
Basal Type Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Recurrence
Carcinoma in Situ
Cholecystitis and Gallstones
Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
Familial Colorectal Cancer
Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
MSI-H Colorectal Cancer
MSI-L Colorectal Cancer
MSS Colorectal Cancer
Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Sporadic Colorectal Cancer
Abdominal Mass Biopsy
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
Biopsy of Affected Tissue
Biopsy of Breast
Breast Surgical Procedure
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
Excision of Bile Duct Tumor
Excision of Breast Tumor
Excision of Cyst
Excision of Esophageal Lesion
Excision of Skin Lesion
Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
Excision of Stomach Tumor
Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Port Placements or Replacements
Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
Sentinel Node Biopsy
Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for Virginia.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Mississippi State University
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1990
University Of Alabama At Birmingham
Medical School | Graduated 1993
Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth
Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
University Of Tennessee College Medicine Chattanooga
Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Adams has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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