Faculty Profile

Dr. Andrew Adams

Andrew B. Adams, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Training Faculty, Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Laney Graduate School, Emory University

Telephone: 404.712.1820

Email: andrew.b.adams@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2012


Dr. Adams joined the Department of Surgery after finishing his Emory transplant surgery fellowship. An alumnus of Emory's MD/PhD program, he completed his graduate work in immunology under the direction of Dr. Chris Larsen and Dr. Tom  Pearson, moved on to Massachusetts General Hospital to complete his general surgery training, then returned to Emory for the transplant fellowship. During the fellowship he re-integrated into the Emory Transplant Center's research laboratory and focused on basic immunology as well as translational models at Yerkes National Primate Center. His clinical time is divided between the liver and kidney services, while his research efforts are focused on transplant immunology.

Dr. Adams' Transplant Immunology Lab

Visit the website for Dr. Adams' transplant immunology lab, which is studying the immune response to transplanted organs, with a focus on therapeutics, diagnostics, xenotransplantation, and outcomes research.

Recent News Stories


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston


  • PhD, Transplantation Immunology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2003

  • MD, Magna Cum Laude, Emory, Class of 2005
  • General Surgery Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2005-2010

  • Transplantation Fellowship, Emory, 2010-2012

Honors and Awards

  • Woodruff Scholar Early Independence Award, Emory, 2011

  • Fellowship in Transplantation Award, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2010

  • Chief Resident Teaching Award, General Surgery Residency Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2010

  • Dean's Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2005

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2005

  • Young Investigator Award, American Society of Transplantation, 2004, 2003

  • Travel Award, International Pancreas and Islet Association, 2003

  • Basic Sciences Award, Novartis Transplant Fellows Program, 2002

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Society of Transplantation

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • American College of Surgeons

  • The Transplantation Society

  • International Xenotransplantation Association

Current Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Transplantation

Clinical Interests

  • Adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplantation

Research Interests

  • Development of novel strategies to promote transplantation tolerance, particularly in the interplay between viral infection, immune memory, and the allo-immune response

  • Investigations of the impact of novel T cell subsets on the rejection process, with a focus on defining their unique costimulatory requirements and trafficking patterns

  • The application of novel immunosuppressive strategies in large animal xenotransplantation