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July 2007 - Volume 4 - Issue 1

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Dade County Medical Association Officers

DCMA Presidential Installation & Annual Banquet
June 9, 2007 - Biltmore Hotel

Nelson L. Adams, M.D., President

Nelson L. Adams, M.D., a native of Miami, Florida and a product of its public school system, is a medical leader passionately committed to eliminating racial and ethnic inequality in health care. An exceptional achiever, earning high recognition both scholastically and among medical peers, Dr. Adams is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Honorary Doctor of Laws.

An esteemed alumnus of Howard University, Dr. Adams has been recognized in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College, where he was named Student of the Year in his freshman class and served as President of the Meharry Chapter of the Student National Medical Association. Dr. Adams completed his four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University in 1982. Prior to returning home to Miami, Dr. Adams practiced in Mobile, Alabama for three years, where he was a founding member of the Bay Area Medical Association, an affiliate society of the National Medical Association (NMA).

A board certified obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Adams has a vibrant and challenging practice in North Miami-Dade County. He was the first African-American Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the first African-American Chief of Staff of North Shore Medical Center. In 1992, he founded the Maternal Child Health Initiative (MCHI), an award-winning model for providing care to at-risk, low-income pregnant women. The highly successful MCHI utilized a multi-tiered intervention that addresses the psychological, social, and medical needs of expectant mothers.

Today, Dr. Adams is the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jackson North Medical Center and President of N.L. Adams, M.D. and Associates. He is also President and Chairman of Access Health Solutions (AHS), a managed care company providing services in 26 counties in Florida. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership and through his keen focus on both access and quality, AHS has grown from humble beginnings to serving more than 94,000 beneficiaries with 525 healthcare providers.

Throughout his fruitful career, Dr. Adams’ leadership and community service has reached across academic, religious, fraternal and charity institutions. He is the past chairman of the Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Region of the National Conference of Christian and Jews, a member of the prestigious Orange Bowl Committee, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida International University Foundation, Meharry Medical College, Barry University, The Children’s Trust and until recently, the Miami Art Museum. He is also a proud member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity - the "Boule," - and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Additionally, he is a beloved and active member of the historic St. John Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon and Chairman of the Board of the Church’s Community Development Corporation.

Dr. Adams has held many positions of leadership in organized medicine at the local, state and national levels. He is the past President of the local and state National Medical Association societies in Florida and has served as Vice President, Secretary of the House of Delegates, and member of the Board of Trustees of the National Medical Association. He is the President-elect of the National Medical Association, which represents nearly 30,000 African-American physicians and the patients that they serve.

Dr. Adams has served on the board of directors of the DCMA for nearly 10 years, and is the past Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, and President-elect of this august body. In June 2007 he was installed as the 97th president of the Dade County Medical Association, succeeding Stephan Baker, M.D.

Dr. Adams is the son of Naomi A. Adams and the late Nelson L. Adams, both of whom were educators in the Dade County School system. Dr. Adams is married to Effie Jones Adams and they are the proud parents of Victoria and Nelson. Sustained by family ties and guided by spiritual values, Dr. Adams abides by the motto: "To whom much is given, much is required."


Stephan Baker, M.D. (left) is inducted into the DCMA President’s Council, by DCMA Past President George F. Battle, M.D.


Nelson L. Adams, M.D., takes the DCMA oath of office administered by his son Nelson L. Adams, daughter Victoria Adams, wife Effie Adams


DCMA Board Members present at the Banquet

Bern Wollschlaeger, M.D., President Elect
Frank Maderal, M.D., Vice President
Enrique Hanabergh, M.D., Secretary
James Jacque, M.D., Treasurer
Stephan Baker, M.D., Immediate Past President
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