Adewole “Ade” Adamson, MD, MPP
Dermatologist, Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Clinic, Dermatology Clinic
Harvard Medical School, MD, Medicine
Harvard Kennedy School, MPP, Health Policy
Internship, Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital
Residency, Dermatology, The University of Texas Southerwestern Medical Center
Biography and Education
Adewole “Ade” Adamson, MD, MPP, is a board-certified dermatologist in both UT Health Austin’s Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Clinic and UT Health Austin’s Dermatology Clinic. He specializes in caring for patients at high risk for melanoma skin cancer, such as those with many moles (particularly atypical moles) or a personal and/or family history of melanoma. Additionally, Dr. Adamson is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Internal Medicine (Division of Dermatology).
Dr. Adamson earned his medical degree with honors from Harvard Medical School. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and a residency in dermatology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he was recognized with awards for his professionalism, leadership, and community service work. While in medical school he spent a year conducting basic science research in immunology at the National Institutes of Health and later earned his master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Zuckerman fellow in the Center for Public Leadership.
Dr. Adamson is an active clinical and health services researcher with a special interest in understanding how to improve the quality of care delivered to dermatology patients, particularly those with melanoma. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Dermatology Foundation, Meredith’s Mission for Melanoma, and the Brown Skin Too Foundation. He also hosts a podcast during which he interviews authors of articles published in the medical journal JAMA Dematology with the goal of generating discussions that will help improve patient care and patient outcomes.
- Pigmented lesions
- Skin cancer
- American Academy of Dermatology
Awards & Honors
- Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar, Kaiser Family Foundation
- Outstanding Investigator Award, Dell Medical School Department of Internal Medicine
- Residency Leadership Award, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
- Zuckerman Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School
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Dr. Adamson’s research primarily focuses on improving the quality of life of melanoma patients; understanding patterns of healthcare utilization, including overuse and underuse in dermatology; and addressing healthcare disparities in the Austin community and beyond. His research has been generously supported through funding from the American Cancer Society, the Dermatology Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Adamson’s clinic and research work has also received support from the Brown Skin Too Foundation and Meredith’s Mission for Melanoma.
- Lopes FCPS, Sleiman MG, Sebastian K, Bogucka R, Jacobs EA, Adamson AS. UV Exposure and the Risk of Cutaneous Melanoma in Skin of Color: A Systematic Review. JAMA Dermatol. 2021 Feb 1;157(2):213-219.
- Zhang Y, Ali K, George JA, Reichenberg JS, Fox MC, Adamson AS, Tunnell JW, Markey MK. Toward automated assessment of mole similarity on dermoscopic images. J Med Imaging (Bellingham). 2021 Jan;8(1):014506.
- Welch HG, Mazer BL, Adamson AS. The Rapid Rise in Cutaneous Melanoma Diagnoses. N Engl J Med. 2021 Jan 7;384(1):72-79.
- Adamson AS, Jackson BE, Baggett CD, Thomas NE, Pignone MP. Association of surgical interval and survival among hospital and non-hospital-based patients with melanoma in North Carolina. Arch Dermatol Res. 2020 Oct 23. Epub ahead of print.
- Kovarik CL, Chu EY, Adamson AS. Gene Expression Profile Testing for Thin Melanoma: Evidence to Support Clinical Use Remains Thin. JAMA Dermatol. 2020 Aug 1;156(8):837-838.
- Adamson AS, Jarmul JA, Pignone MP. Screening for Melanoma in Men: a Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Apr;35(4):1175-1181.
- Adamson AS, Shinkai K. Systemic Absorption of Sunscreen: Balancing Benefits with Unknown Harms. JAMA. 2020 Jan 21;323(3):223-224.
- Pournamdari AB, Tkachenko E, Barbieri J, Adamson AS, Mostaghimi A. A State-of-the-Art Review Highlighting Medical Overuse in Dermatology, 2017-2018: A Systematic Review. JAMA Dermatol. 2019 Oct 23.
- Adamson AS, Nelson KC. Observation of Moderately Dysplastic Nevi With Positive Margins: Are We There Yet? JAMA Dermatol. 2018 Dec 1;154(12):1387-1388.
- Vuong KT, Walker J, Powell HB, Thomas NE, Jonas DE, Adamson AS. Surgical re-excision vs. observation for histologically dysplastic naevi: a systematic review of associated clinical outcomes. Br J Dermatol. 2018 Sep;179(3):590-598.
- Adamson AS, Zhou L, Baggett CD, Thomas NE, Meyer AM. Association of Delays in Surgery for Melanoma With Insurance Type. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 Nov 1;153(11):1106-1113.
A complete list of Dr. Adamson’s publications can be found via:
News and Interviews
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Membership Spotlight (February 26, 2021)
Dr. Adamson discusses his efforts to challenge conventional wisdom in dermatology. Read about it here.
- MedPage Today (December 16, 2020)
Dr. Adamson discusses the link between UV exposure and risk of melanoma in people with darker skin types. Read about it here.
- Carcinomas & Keratoses (November 3, 2020)
Dr. Adamson discusses racial and ethnic differences in skin cancer prevalence, risk factors, and protective measures. Read about it here.
- Good Morning America (August 4, 2020)
Dr. Adamson discusses healthcare inequality with a focus on dermatology. Read about it here.
- The Verge (January 27, 2020)
Dr. Adamson discusses artificial intelligence and the potential harms of early cancer detection. Read about it here.
- The New York Times (July 26, 2019)
Dr. Adamson discusses sunscreen use among darker skin types. Read about it here.
- CNN (May 9, 2019)
Dr. Adamson discusses chemical sunscreen ingredients. Read about it here.
- Adamson AS, Welch HG. Commentary: AI can’t resolve the ambiguities of early cancer diagnosis. Austin American-Statesman. January 19th, 2020.
- Adamson AS. In rare occasions, dark-skinned people can get skin cancer but sunscreen won’t help. Washington Post. May 26, 2019.
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