Internal Medicine

Michael Adams, MD, FACP

    Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
  Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine
  Residency: University of California, San Francisco
Fresno Medical Education Program
  "Got a couple of free days, do you need help in the clinic this month?"  That is one of our favorite phone calls.  Dr. Michael Adams is on the phone. He is a retired internist, retired Major General in the Air National Guard/USAF, and Chairman of the Board of the Ansel Adams Galleries in Yosemite and Monterey. He also finds time for extensive travel.

When he is not flying, skiing, or sight seeing, he returns to Fresno and University Medical Center to volunteer as an attending physician in the Adult Clinic.  Dr. Adams received his M.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. He then served a rotating internship at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, Washington, DC, then completed the Primary Course in Aerospace Medicine at Brooks AFB, TX, and reported to the 36th Fighter Wing, Bitburg Air Base, Germany, as a Flight Surgeon. Dr. Adams was returned to flight status as a Pilot-Physician flying the F-4D as an Aircraft Commander, combining his prior fighter-pilot career (F-86 Sabre/F-100 Super Sabre) with that of flight medicine. After completing that tour of duty, he returned to Fresno and then Valley Medical Center for his three year categorical Internal Medicine residency. In his last year, he shared Chief Resident duties with Bill Kennedy, MD, another local internist. Like many of our residents, upon completion of his residency, Dr. Adams chose to stay in Fresno in private practice. Dr. Adams continued to serve in the California Air National Guard in Fresno, as Flight Surgeon, Clinic Commander, and then the Air National Guard Assistant to the Strategic Air Command Surgeon during the 1st Gulf War. He completed his military career and retired a Major General as Deputy Surgeon General of the USAF for Air National Guard Affairs. Dr. Adams practiced internal medicine for 20 years in a solo practice and 5 additional years with the Northwest Medical Group. He retired in 2000 at age 67.

Dr. Adams statement: "I have enjoyed my association with, first Valley Medical Center and now University Medical Center, since completing my residency in 1974. It is a challenge as well as an opportunity to be involved with continuing medical education. I feel that I bring a perspective of the private practice of medicine in today's world to residents who will be facing that world in just a few years. It has been a privilege to be a part of the UCSF teaching program here in Fresno and I look forward to an interesting future."








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