William G. Adams, MD

Professor, Pediatrics

William Adams
(617) 414-4233
88 E. Newton St Vose Hall


I am an epidemiologist, medical informatician, and practicing pediatrician at Boston Medical Center (BMC). I also currently serve as Director of BU-CTSI Clinical Research Informatics for Boston University and as Director of Child Health Informatics for the Department of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine/BMC. For the past two decades, my primary research has been and continues to be focused on developing and evaluating information technology (IT)-based solutions for improving the quality of health and healthcare for children and families. My focuses include the child health EHR, patient-centered IT and clinical data warehousing for quality improvement and health disparities research. I have extensive experience in software development (including programming of the first EHR at BMC and development of multiple patient-centered telephony projects) as well as the management and use of large clinical data sets for quality reporting and research. I seek to create and evaluate integrated health information systems that are useable and effective.

Other Positions

  • Active Staff Privileges, Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center


  • Columbia University College - Physicians & Surgeon, MD
  • Harvard University, BA


  • Published on 3/22/2017

    Walsh KE, Bacic J, Phillips BD, Adams WG. Misuse of Pediatric Medications and Parent-Physician Communication: An Interactive Voice Response Intervention. J Patient Saf. 2017 Mar 22. PMID: 28333698.

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  • Published on 3/17/2017

    Bailey SC, Paasche-Orlow MK, Adams WG, Brokenshire SA, Hedlund LA, Hickson RP, Oramasionwu CU, Moore AL, McCarthy DM, Curtis LM, Kwasny MJ, Wolf MS. Corrigendum to "The electronic medication complete communication (EMC2) study: Rationale and methods for a randomized controlled trial of a strategy to promote medication safety in ambulatory care" [Contemp. Clin. Trials (2016) 72-77]. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Jun; 57:99. PMID: 28325511.

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  • Published on 6/22/2015

    Fiks AG, Grundmeier RW, Steffes J, Adams WG, Kaelber DC, Pace WD, Wasserman RC. Comparative Effectiveness Research Through a Collaborative Electronic Reporting Consortium. Pediatrics. 2015 Jul; 136(1):e215-24. PMID: 26101357.

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  • Published on 6/1/2015

    Kressin NR, Lasser KE, Paasche-Orlow M, Allison J, Ash AS, Adams WG, Shanahan CW, Legler A, Pizer SD. Clinical Operations Variables are Associated With Blood Pressure Outcomes. Med Care. 2015 Jun; 53(6):480-4. PMID: 25974844.

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  • Published on 1/8/2015

    Wright JA, Whiteley JA, Laforge RG, Adams WG, Berry D, Friedman RH. Validation of 5 stage-of-change measures for parental support of healthy eating and activity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015 Mar-Apr; 47(2):134-42.e1. PMID: 25579067.

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  • Published on 12/24/2014

    Sobota AE, Kavanagh PL, Adams WG, McClure E, Farrell D, Sprinz PG. Improvement in influenza vaccination rates in a pediatric sickle cell disease clinic. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Apr; 62(4):654-7. PMID: 25545967.

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  • Published on 10/22/2014

    Shanahan CW, Sorensen-Alawad A, Carney BL, Persand I, Cruz A, Botticelli M, Pressman K, Adams WG, Brolin M, Alford DP. The implementation of an integrated information system for substance use screening in general medical settings. Appl Clin Inform. 2014; 5(4):878-94. PMID: 25589904.

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  • Published on 10/16/2014

    Dai W, Brisimi TS, Adams WG, Mela T, Saligrama V, Paschalidis ICh. Prediction of hospitalization due to heart diseases by supervised learning methods. Int J Med Inform. 2015 Mar; 84(3):189-97. PMID: 25497295.

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  • Published on 9/1/2014

    Sharifi M, Adams WG, Winickoff JP, Guo J, Reid M, Boynton-Jarrett R. Enhancing the electronic health record to increase counseling and quit-line referral for parents who smoke. Acad Pediatr. 2014 Sep-Oct; 14(5):478-84. PMID: 25169159.

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  • Published on 8/4/2014

    Adams WG, Phillips BD, Bacic JD, Walsh KE, Shanahan CW, Paasche-Orlow MK. Automated conversation system before pediatric primary care visits: a randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2014 Sep; 134(3):e691-9. PMID: 25092938.

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