Joanna K. Adams P.A.-C

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  • Physician Assistant

Instructor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (131 Ratings, 33 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

4.8 out of 5 (131 Ratings, 33 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 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.

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