Richard Adams, M.D.
Medical Director of Pediatric Developmental Disabilities
Richard Adams, M.D., is the medical director of pediatric developmental disabilities at Scottish Rite for Children and Professor of Pediatrics and Division Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport, completed his pediatric residency at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed a clinical fellowship in developmental disabilities at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. Dr. Adams is board-certified through the American Board of Pediatrics in two subspecialties: Neuro-Developmental Disabilities and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. He has served as the Chair of the Texas Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Childhood Intervention and as a member of the Texas Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Adams is a member of the Camp John Marc Advisory Board, and for 25 years has served as the medical director of “Camp TLC,” an annual camp for 100 youths with spina bifida. Having served as chairman of the Committee on Children with Disabilities for the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Texas Pediatric Society) for a decade, he was recently named “Chair Emeritus” of the committee and continues to work with Texas state agencies on behalf of children with special needs. He was named 2002 “Child Advocate of the Year” by the Greater Texas Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Adams was the 2009 recipient of a Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his work on behalf of quality outcome measures for children with special needs across the State of Texas. In addition to clinical and teaching activities, Dr. Adams has published widely in the field of developmental disabilities based on his clinical research efforts at Scottish Rite.