Alexa B. Adams, MD

Dr. Alexa B. Adams specializes in the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, childhood systemic lupus and vaculitides of childhood. Throughout her career, Dr. Adams has won numerous awards, including the Distinguished house Staff Award, and has been an active member of several associations for medical professionals. She is currently an Associate Attending Pediatric Rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery.



Associate Attending Pediatrician, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College


Special Expertise

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Juvenile Arthritides
Juvenile Dermatomyositis
Childhood Systemic Lupus
Vasculitides of Childhood


Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, 1999
Distinguished House Staff Award, Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council, 2002


American Academy of Pediatrics - fellow
American Medical Association
American College of Rheumatology - member

Insurances Accepted

Blue Cross HMO POS
Blue Cross PPO
United Healthcare

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Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 1999


New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 1999-2000


New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2000-2002
Chief Resident, Pediatrics – New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2002-2003


Hospital for Special Surgery, 2003-2006


Board Certified, Pediatrics, 2002
Board Certified, Pediatric Rheumatology, 2009

State Licensure

New York

Alexa B. Adams, MD has contributed to the following educational materials:

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Selected Publications

Adams A, Onel KB, Lehman TJA. Inflammatory Myopathy and Celiac Disease. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal.  2005; 3(1).

Adams A, Kazim M, Lehman TJA. Treatment of Orbital Myositis with Adalimumab (Humira). The Journal of Rheumatology.  2005; 32(7): 1374-5.

Adams A, Lehman TJA. Update on the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Systemic Onset Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Current Opinion in Rheumatology.  2005; 17(5): 612-16.

Adams A, MacDermott EJ, Lehman TJA. Pharmacology of Lupus Nephritis in Children: A Recommended Treatment Approach. Drugs.  2006; 66(9): 1191-207.

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.

Selected Books/Chapters

Adams A. Last Minute Pediatrics – A Concise Review for the Specialty Boards. Associate Editor and Contributor. McGraw Hill, 2004.

Selected Presentations

Fabrizio LM, Adams A, Leff LR, Onel KB. "Development of an Innovative Pediatric Infusion Unit." American College of Rheumatology, AHRP  - Poster Presentation, October, 2003.

Adams A, Barillas-Arias L, Angeles ST, Macderott EJ, Barinstein L, Lehman TJA. "Cyclophosphamide and Rituximab Combination Therapy for the Treatment of Juvenile-Onset Scleroderma: 6 Patient Case Series." Abstract #290, Poster Presentation. American College of Rheumatology, November, 2006.

Barillas-Arias L, Adams A, Angeles ST, MacDermott EJ, Barinstein L, Lehman TJA. "Combination of Rituximab and Cyclophosphamide for the Treatment of Childhood Onset Systemic Lupus Erythematosus." Abstract #1725, Poster Presentation. Amerivan College of Rheumatology, November, 2006.

Moorthy LN, Adams A, Onel K, Peterson M, Vazquez L, MacDermott E, Barillas L, Baratelli M, Barinstein L, Lehman T. "Celiac Disease and Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases – A Case Series." Poster Presentation. 3rd National Conference of Rheumatology Chapter, Indican Academy of Pediatrics.  October, 2005.

Dr. Alexa Adama, Pediatric Rheumatologist

Contact Information

Office Locations

Hospital for Special Surgery
5th Floor
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.774.2083
Fax: 212.774.7367

Mailing Address

Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

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