Christina Adams, MD
Christina Adams MD, completed her undergraduate training at University of Colorado-Boulder in psychology and neuroscience. After spending her junior year on “Semester at Sea” where she visited 10 countries while circumventing the globe, she returned to South Africa after graduation and lived in Cape Town for two additional years working for “World Teach” and “Sports Coaches OutReach (SCORE)”. In Africa she served as an English teacher as well as the assistant project coordinator for World Teach South Africa and SCORE. With SCORE, whose goal is to build community development and promote childhood confidence through sports, she supervised physical education volunteers in Khayelitsha and Gugulethu Townships and developed afterschool sports teams. She further organized the first inter-racial collaboration between private high schools in Cape Town and the schools in the Khayelitsha Townships, promoting cultural and racial tolerance. While in Africa she found a true calling and decided to pursue medicine as a career, believing that optimal health was a fundamental requirement in order for all human beings to reach their full potential.
She returned to the United States and joined the University of Colorado Center for Human Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics. There she completed research evaluating zinc and iron deficiency and its effects on morbidity and mortality in rural populations of Guatemala, Peru, and Malawi. She worked jointly with the USDA to develop a modified corn hybrid through Mendellian genetics to maintain the native diet while increasing zinc bioavailability through a low-phytate corn.
She attended University of Colorado for both medical school and Internal Medicine Training, including a Chief Resident year. While in residency she became interested in cardiovascular disease and pursed research related to heart failure in both outcomes and genetics research. She worked to develop and validate a heart failure registry with Kaiser Permanente as well as examined the link of A/C gene mutations as markers of familial cardiomyopathy.
She is currently a second year Clinical Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. In addition to her general cardiology training she is an Integrative Cardiology Fellow at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. Her research interests range from identifying novel, integrative approaches to treatment for elevated Lipoprotein A, the use of the new hand-held echocardiography iScan technology to screen adolescent athletes for anatomical risk factors for sudden cardiac death, and preventative cardiology. Her long term goals are to develop a prospective registry of patients enrolled in the “Healing Hearts” cardiac rehabilitation and “Lifestyle Change” programs in order to support and generate ongoing research examining the beneficial effects of these interventions and evaluate which aspects of these programs leads to lasting behavioral and physiological changes in patients with heart disease and those at risk for developing heart disease.
In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy scuba diving, travel, reading and spending as much time with their four dogs, Belly, Mako, Henry, and Pearl.