Joanna K. Adams P.A.-C

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  • Physician Assistant

Instructor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (142 Ratings, 57 Comments)


  • Neurological Surgery


  • P.A.-C., Pacific University, Hillsboro Oregon United States 2013
  • Certifications:

    • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, 2013


Joanna Adams is a physician assistant in the Department of Neurological Surgery and works in the Spine Center. Physician Assistants (PAs) are often referred to as mid-level providers. They are highly trained members of our neurological surgery health care team who practice medicine with the supervision of licensed physicians, providing patients with a wide range of services that would otherwise be performed by physicians.

Specific duties are defined by state regulation and practice setting, but include a variety of both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Utilizing a medical model of patient care, PAs are trained to: obtain medical histories, perform complete physical examinations and minor surgical procedures, diagnose illnesses, order and interpret routine diagnostic tests, develop treatment and management plans, suture wounds, set fractures, assist in surgery and provide education to patients regarding illness, health promotion and disease prevention. Joanna works directly with Dr. Chang, a neurosurgery spine surgeon, to treat and manage his surgical patients.

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Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (142 Ratings, 57 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 19, 2019

    I thought she was very nice very professional and she took time to hear what I had to say .and I would recommend her to my friends and family thank you for caring for me

  • Jun 28, 2019

    It was very, very good. Thank you.

  • Jun 18, 2019

    Awesome! She took the time to explain everything to me and knew I needed reassurance from the test results. I felt a personal connection which is not something you always find. Highly recommend.

  • Jun 07, 2019

    Great experience

  • May 31, 2019

    I told Joanna yesterday how much I have appreciated her care since I fell and suffered a compression fracture in my back. I will miss her! Most notably, she is empathic and respectful, which comforted me greatly. She is also patient and thorough, freely sharing everything that she could see on my charts and x-rays and answering my many questions. She embodies patient-centered healthcare more than any other provider I've had. I commend the rest of the staff with whom I interacted before and after I saw Joanna. Your system is smooth and efficient, and I was happy that I didn't have to wait long at any step of the way. Thank you for developing a process that honors the patient and their experience.

  • May 23, 2019

    Yes, I believe I received excellent care and attention was great. Especially the amount of detail that was done with me. I was made to feel important as a patient and I had their full attention. I have no problem recommended them at all.

  • May 16, 2019

    I was very impressed with Joanna. This was the first time I had met her, I had talked to her once or twice on the phone, but meeting with her she explained everything really well. And I remember getting this centerpiece about the surgery that I was going to have. Confidence level was way up at the top, just got nothing but good things to say about her - an outstanding nurse. Thank you very much.

  • May 14, 2019

    Knowledgeable, compassionate, thorough and friendly. Answered all my questions and treated me with dignity and respect

  • May 09, 2019


  • May 09, 2019

    she is great

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Joanna is very professional, caring, and forthcoming with what I should be doing after my surgery. She is great.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Very thorough and helpful and appeared to really care and be concerned with my well being.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Ms. Adams is wonderful. Her caring and patience shines through.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    As always she was professional, kind, caring. Just excellent. I can't say enough good things that are not only about her knowledge and professionalism, but just about her friendly demeanor, and she so good at explaining things.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    I interact with her about three different times after my surgery performed by Dr. Chang. I think she’s a very nice lady.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Chang and Joanna has been excellent and very good communication and positive lot of education is very positive feedback on so my experience has been very very very good with both of them and I would highly recommend both of them and I have and yeah, so, thank you.

  • Apr 16, 2019

    She is so professional, very knowledgeable, prepared to answer all your questions. Very angelical person.

  • Apr 03, 2019

    My experience with this provider was excellent.

  • Apr 02, 2019

    Dr Adam's is great. Explains e everything in a easy to understand fashion.

  • Mar 19, 2019

    Dr. Chang & Dr. Jung are great!!! Would recommend them to anyone!!! Joanna is also great!!!

  • Mar 15, 2019

    Pleasant, highly knowledgeable, very competent. Great all-around medical specialist.

  • Mar 14, 2019

    She was patient and willing to answer our questions beyond the pending surgery. Very comfortable.

  • Mar 01, 2019

    Joanna was an amazing provider that took very, very good care of my wants, needs and desires. So, I would rate her at 10 for everything. Thank you, Joanna, for everything that you've done for me. You are an inspiration to me and I can say nothing but positive 10 things about you. So thank you. I appreciate everything.

  • Feb 16, 2019

    Very professional very informative... very knowledgeable... reassured me that my... the healing process was going as planned and... offered other alternatives if I felt I needed them and in my opinion, I would highly recommend her. Thank you.

  • Feb 06, 2019

    I highly recommend Joanna. She's a wonderful person. I can see that her passion is her patients. And I wish you the best in the world and I hope I don't have to see her again for any problems. But if I do have any problems she did be the first person I will look.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Joanna is excellent professional, very helpful. Not only to me, but to my family that comes with me that check ups. We appreciate her kindness and her knowledge.

  • Jan 30, 2019

    Joanna was a very patient doctor while she listened to my questions about my x-rays and helped me understand where I'm at in my health. Very appreciated her service. Thank you.

  • Jan 09, 2019

    Outstanding care from everyone at OHSU

  • Jan 07, 2019

    Joanna is the best person I've ever talked to. She is very helpful, very nice. We have regrets. She's awesome.

  • Dec 28, 2018

    Joanna it's probably one of the most thorough, kind, and caring professionals I have ever been to. She tells you exactly what's going on so she knows what needs to be done in order to continue getting well and she had a leave you that she was training with her and she thoroughly trained her. I mean it was insisted that can watch me. I was completely impressed with Joanna and continue to be thanks very much.

  • Dec 19, 2018

    She listens and provides such thoughtful advice and care.

  • Nov 30, 2018

    Joanna is a very well versed physician's assistant, and I was very pleased with her assessment. And her bedside manner was extremely calming and allowed me to absorb the information that was given, and he ... and I just had a great experience and appreciated everything that she and Dr. Chan have done. Thank you.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    Dr Adams is personable, professional, a good listener and a very caring person. We felt very confident in our relationship with her.

  • Nov 17, 2018

    I had all my questions answered and felt very comfortable with the provider. I came away feeling confident about my surgery and grateful for such a good experience at my appointment. I would definitely recommend this provider and the OHSU Spine Center in general.

  • Nov 16, 2018

    Joanna was a great, she knows her stuff. She listens, she was caring, kind.

  • Nov 09, 2018

    She was great. Very informative.

  • Nov 07, 2018

    Kind and thoughtful!

  • Nov 07, 2018

    Joanna Adams was patient and able to answer all of my questions. She exhibited an excellent manner with my wife and I.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Joanna was delightful. She explained the situation to me and to my children. So they understood she was encouraging, made me feel like what I was going through was normal, and that I was healthy and to continue on. She showed us pictures in the screws in my back. It helped me, it helped my grand children feel that you know, I was okay and would continue to improve. Her mannerisms are heartfelt and I look forward to seeing her again in three months.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Joanna was thorough, very empathetic, and definitely conveyed a sense of urgency that I very much appreciated. So I was highly satisfied with my visit with Joanna.

  • Oct 31, 2018

    Very professional, smart. Knew her field well.

  • Oct 31, 2018

    Joanna Adams is extremely smart, and patient, and kind, and listens to everything you have to say. And I would recommend her to anybody who needs to see her regarding their health problem.

  • Oct 28, 2018

    I found Joanna Adams to be extremely professional, very caring, and a really efficient physician. I would recommend her to anyone. And I look forward to seeing her again sometime. Hopefully I won't be in really bad shape. But yes, I would recommend her, she gets tens on everything.

  • Oct 17, 2018

    Joanne Adams PA was very knowledgable about my case and was encouraging as to my future.

  • Oct 12, 2018

    Dr. Adams was friendly and took time for all of our questions.

  • Sep 24, 2018

    Very attentive

  • Sep 18, 2018

    Very professional and informative. Worked closecwith the surgeon to reach a solution for long term pain relief. I will never go to a different provider again

  • Sep 10, 2018

    She was thorough in her explanations, did not seem to be too hurried to answer our questions and had a very pleasant and positive attitude.

  • Sep 10, 2018

    Very thorough about explaining everything to me and answers all my friendly and helpful..

  • Sep 06, 2018

    Joanna Adam's has been amazing! She has always responded on "my chart" in a very timely fashion. She's always answered any questions or concerns I've ever had concerning my recovery. I would absolutely recommend Joanna to family & friends.

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