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Alexa B. Adams, MD

Pediatrics, Rheumatology
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Alexa B. Adams, MD

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

Tel: 212.774.2083
Fax: 212.774.7367
Hospital for Special Surgery
5th Floor
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.774.2083
Fax: 212.774.7367

Dr. Alexa B. Adams specializes in the treatment of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, childhood systemic lupus and vasculitides 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.

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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


Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2014-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2015-2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2015-2017, 2020-2021
Distinguished House Staff Award, Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council, 2002
Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, 1999


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



Insurance Information

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Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

As of December 22, 2020, Dr. Adams reported no relationships with healthcare industry.

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her that are used on patients at HSS.

Dr. Adams in the News


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

Selected Books by Dr. Adams

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

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 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. American 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.