Dr. Phillip Adams
Dr. Phillip Adams

Phillip Adams, M.D., 65, former associate professor of surgery, died Sept. 24, 2016, in Houston.

A member of the faculty from 2010-15, Dr. Adams first joined the medical school as a student in 1973. Following graduation, he completed his surgical residency at UT and continued with a residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the Texas Heart Institute with Dr. Denton Cooley.

During his long career, he was a proud student, colleague and friend of innumerable physicians in Houston, including Dr. Cooley, Dr. Stanley Dudrick, and Dr. James H. “Red” Duke, Jr. He co-authored numerous research papers, including those on groundbreaking work with Dr. Cooley on cardiac valve replacements. His contributions to medical literature appeared in respected publications such as the Journal of Surgical Research and The Texas Heart Institute Journal. Devoted to improving trauma care, Dr. Adams helped pioneer the Life Flight program and worked tirelessly to save lives in the emergency room and operating room. In 2013, he received the Hermann Hospital Distinguished Physician Award. He also held a nonsalaried appointment in the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Maston Adams; his son and daughter-in-law, Travis and Molly Adams; his daughter, Taylor Anne Adams; his stepdaughter, Kelsey Maston Brooks and her fiancé Josh Wright; stepdaughter Cody Maston Brooks; his siblings; and his large circle of friends and colleagues.

A service celebrating Dr. Adams’ life will be held 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Bradshaw Carter, 1734 W. Alabama, Houston.

In memory of his dedication to serving others, a scholarship fund has been established to honor his legacy of excellence in the medical field. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be sent to the Dr. Phillip R. Adams Scholarship at the McGovern Medical School, UTHealth, P.O. Box 1321, Houston, Texas 77251.