The History of Heart Failure


Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Kirkwood Adams is Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology in the Division of Cardiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is also a transplant cardiologist and Director of the Heart Failure Program.

Dr. Adams received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina. He did his internship, residency, and fellowship in cardiology at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in cardiology.

Dr. Adams has been involved in more than 80 completed grant and industry-funded research projects, and he is currently leading or participating in nine drug development trials, eight registry and database studies and three NHLBI-funded trials: ACTION (investigating outcomes of exercise training in patients with heart failure), DISCOVER (investigating stress and heart failure) and ESCAPE (role of right heart catheterization in the management of advanced heart failure). Dr. Adams is currently involved in two major registry projects designed to study the prevalence and relationship of quality of life in anemia in heart failure and investigate the association of various biomarkers with anemia in heart failure. Dr. Adams also serves on the data and safety monitoring boards of the DEFINITE, EMOTE and IMPACT trials and serves on national advisory boards for several pharmaceutical companies.