Dr. Adams has served as President and CEO of Rocky Vista University since October 1st, 2015, where he is leading the transformation from a single College of Osteopathic Medicine to a Health Sciences University. He comes to RVU from Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) in Pomona, California, where he served in numerous leadership roles for nearly 11 years. He joined WesternU following a distinguished career in the United States Navy, where he attained the rank of Rear Admiral and served in a variety of capacities, leading hospitals and regions around the world. Dr. Adams is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, later completing both anesthesia and family medicine residencies. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma. He completed an Academic Fellowship at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and was Chair of the Council of Osteopathic Postgraduate Training committee of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). He is a past president of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, a member of the AOA, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association (AMA).
Dr. Adams has received numerous state and national recognition and awards, served on the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Board of Directors, and most notably, became a trailblazer in osteopathic medical education as one of first DO physicians appointed as a Director on the governing Board of ACGME for the newly established Single Accreditation System for graduate medical education in the United States.