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Alexa B. Adams, MD

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About Dr. Adams


Dr. Alexa B. Adams specializes in the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, childhood systemic lupus and vasculitis 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 and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the NYPH Weill Cornell Medical Center Department of Pediatrics.  Dr. Adams serves as director of the HSS – Weill Cornell Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program.

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Special Expertise

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Juvenile Dermatomyositis
Childhood Systemic Lupus
Vasculitis of Childhood

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


American College of Rheumatology – member
Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance – member


Board Certified, Pediatrics 
Board Certified, Pediatric Rheumatology 


Castle Connolly Top Doctor - 5 Years
Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, 2014-2020
Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2015-2022
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2015-2017, 2020-2022
“My Doc Rocks” Award, Arthritis Foundation.  September, 2012. Recognized by the Arthritis Foundation as “an outstanding medical professional who values her relationship with her patients”.
Distinguished House Staff Award, Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council, 2002
Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, 1999


Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 1999
Internship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 1999-2000
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2000-2002; Chief Resident, Pediatrics – NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, 2002-2003
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, 2003-2006

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Adams

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

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

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Etiology, Pathogenesis, Clinical Manifestations, and Management.  Adams A, MacDermott EJ, Lehman TJA.  Handbook of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases, Volume 6.  Cimaz R, Lehman TJA eds.  Pediatrics in Systemic Autoimmune Diseases.  Elsevier, 2007, pp 65 -75.

Selected Presentations

Updates in Pediatric Gastroenterology, 2019. Weill Cornell Medical Center. Rheumatologic Manifestations of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. April, 2019

Pediatrics Grand Rounds. Weill Cornell Medical Center. Pediatric Rheumatology and COVID-19. May, 2020.


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of February 01, 2023, Dr. Adams reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.