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  • Karen E. Adams, MD

    Karen E. Adams, MD

    Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology - General

    BioDr. Adams is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist (OB-GYN) and North American Menopause Society-certified menopause specialist at the Stanford Health Care Gynecology Clinic. She is also a clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

    As an OB-GYN for over three decades, Dr. Adams specializes in managing the symptoms of menopause, as well as diagnosing and managing chronic conditions associated with aging. In addition to her clinical practice, she serves as a mentor for the next generation of OB-GYNs, working closely with medical students, residents, and fellows.

    Dr. Adams has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on clinical trials evaluating the safety of medications for long-term management of menopause symptoms, as well as their impact on patients undergoing breast cancer treatment. Some of Dr. Adams’ research has also been in the field of reproductive ethics.

    Prior to her arrival at Stanford Health Care, Dr. Adams held the title of professor emeritus and was director of the Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program at the Center for Women’s Health at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She also served as Vice Chair for Education and Residency Program Director at OHSU for 13 years.

    Dr. Adams has served as a peer reviewer for multiple prestigious journals, including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the American Journal of Bioethics. She has also presented research to her peers nationally and internationally, including at the annual meeting of the American Medical Women’s Association. Her TEDx talk entitled “Sleep, Sex, and Menopausal Zest” has received over 140,000 views and she is an in-demand speaker on the topics of menopause and sex medicine to both medical and lay audiences.

    Dr. Adams is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the North American Menopause Society, and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, where she serves on the Education Committee. She is a recognized leader in medical education, having served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and on the national Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.