Kirkwood Adams, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology

Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Division of Cardiology

Specialty Areas: Heart failure; nuclear cardiology; cardiac transplantation; general cardiology.

Chronology: MD: University of North Carolina, 1976; Resident: University of North Carolina, Internal Medicine, 1976-1979; Chief Resident: University of North Carolina, Internal medicine, 1979-1980; Fellow: University of North Carolina, Cardiology, 1980-1982; Board Certified Internal Medicine: 1979; Board Certified Internal Medicine/Cardiovascular Disease, 1985.

Dr. Adams’ academic interests are focused on understanding the natural history, pathophysiology, and treatment of congestive heart failure. Also an active clinical researcher, Dr. Adams’ goal is to meet the needs of his patients while forwarding the study of congestive heart failure so as to benefit current and future patients. Dr. Adams is regularly included in the annual The Best Doctors in America® database and Business North Carolina’s “Best Doctors” issue.

Selected Bibliography:

Evolution of biomarker guided therapy for heart failure: current concepts and trial evidence. Pruett AE, Lee AK, Patterson JH, Schwartz TA, Glotzer JM, Adams KF Jr. Curr Cardiol Rev. 2015;11(1):80-9.

Potential roles of vaptans in heart failure: experience from clinical trials and considerations for optimizing therapy in target patients. Lin TE, Adams KF Jr, Patterson JH. Heart Fail Clin. 2014 Oct;10(4):607-20. doi: 10.1016/j.hfc.2014.07.009.

Rationale and Design of the GUIDE-IT Study: Guiding Evidence Based Therapy Using Biomarker Intensified Treatment in Heart Failure. Felker GM, Ahmad T, Anstrom KJ, Adams KF, Cooper LS, Ezekowitz JA, Fiuzat M, Houston-Miller N, Januzzi JL, Leifer ES, Mark DB, Desvigne-Nickens P, Paynter G, Piña IL, Whellan DJ, O’Connor CM. ACC Heart Fail. 2014 Oct;2(5):457-65. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2014.05.007. Epub 2014 Sep 3.

Charting a Roadmap for Heart Failure Biomarker Studies. Ahmad T, Fiuzat M, Pencina MJ, Geller NL, Zannad F, Cleland JG, Snider JV, Blankenberg S, Adams KF, Redberg RF, Kim JB, Mascette A, Mentz RJ, O’Connor CM, Felker GM, Januzzi JL. JACC Heart Fail. 2014 Oct;2(5):477-488. doi: 10.1016/j.jchf.2014.02.005. Epub 2014 Jun 11. Review.