Assistant Professor

Section Chief, Biomedical Genetics, Spectrum Health


Dr. Adams is a Pediatrician with subspecialty certification in Medical Genetics and Medical Biochemical Genetics. Her clinical and research interests focus on newborn screening, inborn errors of metabolism, and disorders of organelle function.

Education & Training

  • Wayne State University, Fellowship in Medical Biochemical Genetics, 2016-2017

  • University of Michigan, Residency in Medical Genetics, 2014-2016

  • Michigan State University / Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Residency in Pediatrics, 2011-2014
  • University of North Carolina School of Medicine, MD, 2007-2011
  • Duke University - BS in Biology and Psychology, Minor in Chemistry, with Honors 2003-2006

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Pediatrics Core Faculty for Medical Biochemical Genetics

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Section Chief, Biochemical Genetics Clinic, Spectrum Health & Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Savage L, Adams SD, James K, Chowdhury S, Rajasekaran S, Prokop JW, Bupp C. Rapid whole-genome sequencing identifies a homozygous novel variant, His540Arg, in HSD17B4 resulting in D-bifunctional protein deficiency disorder diagnosis. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2020 Dec 17;6(6):a005496. doi: 10.1101/mcs.a005496. PMID: 33115767; PMCID: PMC7784488.

  • Alkhatib EH, Adams SD, Miller ER. Case of an unreported genetic variant of salt losing 3-β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase deficiency. Oxf Med Case Reports. 2021 May 24;2021(5):omab021. doi: 10.1093/omcr/omab021. PMID: 34055358; PMCID: PMC8143666.

  • Cardenas V, DiPaola F, Adams SD, Holtz AM, Ahmad A. Acute Liver Failure Secondary to Neuroblastoma Amplified Sequence Deficiency. J Pediatr. 2017 Jul;186:179-182. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.03.040. Epub 2017 Apr 12. PMID: 28410752.

  • Riley KN, Catalano LM, Bernat JA, Adams SD, Martin DM, Lalani SR, Patel A, Burnside RD, Innis JW, Rudd MK. Recurrent deletions and duplications of chromosome 2q11.2 and 2q13 are associated with variable outcomes. Am J Med Genet A. 2015 Nov;167A(11):2664-73. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.37269. Epub 2015 Jul 31. PMID: 26227573.

  • Adams SD, Evans JP, Aylsworth AS. Direct-to-consumer genomic testing offers little clinical utility but appears to cause minimal harm. N C Med J. 2013 Nov-Dec;74(6):494-8. PMID: 24316774.

Awards & Honors

  • Duke University Women as Leaders Award, 2006