Karen E. Adams M.D.

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Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (345 Ratings, 110 Comments)


  • OB/GYN

Special focus on

  • Gynecology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Women’s Midlife Care


  • M.D., University of Texas at Houston, Houston Texas 1988
  • Residency:

    • Obstetrics and gynecology, Oregon Health & Sciences University, 1992
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1996


Dr. Adams has an office-based obstetrics and gynecology practice focused on two patient groups: healthy pregnant women, and women over 45.  She created the CWH Over-40 Clinic in 2010 to provide focused, specialized care to perimenopausal and menopausal women.  She works collaboratively with each woman to address both her current symptoms and her long-term health concerns. 

Menopausal medicine is a rapidly-changing area of women’s health care, and Dr. Adams stays up to date as a member of the North American Menopause Society and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She gives a popular lecture called 51 is Getting Younger all the Time which provides updates to both patients and other health professionals on the science of menopause management. Although she no longer performs gynecologic surgery, Dr. Adams enjoys meeting new obstetrical patients and delivering babies. The best part of her job is welcoming back women she has cared for over 27 years of practice, and even providing OB/GYN care for young women she delivered!

After growing up in a small town outside of Houston, Texas and attending medical school in Houston, Dr. Adams came to OHSU for residency and never looked back. In her spare time, Dr. Adams stays active with yoga, Zumba and biking. On weekends and days off she can be found testing cupcake recipes for Prescription Cupcake, her dream bakery that she plans to sink all her retirement savings into. Traveling to semi-exotic locales also ranks high on her list.

From adolescence through perimenopause and menopause, Dr. Adams is passionate about helping her patients reach their health goals at any age.

Pregnancy and childbirth philosophy

"During childbirth, I try to stay out of the way as much as possible and allow the birth to proceed unhindered. But when I need it, I am grateful for the top-notch training, technology, and support at OHSU that allows us to deliver babies in a safe and healthy way."

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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (345 Ratings, 110 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

  • Jan 24, 2019

    Excellent. Dr Adams was prepared, thoughtful, and very thorough.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    Dr. Adams is caring and professional. I believe in her and in her ability to provide excellent medical care.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    Dr. Adams was very empathetic. Very professional very learned very up to date in all her information and I found her extremely supportive. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Very good; hard to fill the prescription.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Listened well. Was patient,empathetic and thorough. Her resident dr Weaver was excellent too

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Dr. Adams reviews my file and history prior to my appointment and also asks if I have any items I wish to talk about. She's terrific.

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Appointment was on time. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

  • Jan 08, 2019

    Dr. Adams makes an effort to know some personal things about her patient and is always willing to answer whatever questions I have.

  • Jan 08, 2019

    Dr. Adams was great and listened to my concerns and addressed each with care. She was very thorough while being respectful of my time. She was on time which is hard to find in the medical world! Thank you, I will be back and highly recommend her and her staff.

  • Jan 06, 2019

    Karen Adams was prompt and very well prepared for our consultation. I honestly can not remember the last time that has happened for me in regards with a medical provider. She was very knowledgably. The check in process was very efficient.

  • Nov 26, 2018

    Dr. Adams is very caring and professional and listened very well and appears to be a very compassionate doctor. Very knowledgeable.

  • Nov 23, 2018

    Explained everything, took her time, caring, excellent physician!!!

  • Nov 23, 2018

    I waited a little bit, but in general liked it because they were really professionals

  • Nov 22, 2018

    I have great confidence in Karen Adams and I'm glad she's on my medical team. She listens closely and is thoughtful about her assessment and plan. I am grateful to have found her!

  • Nov 21, 2018

    It was great

  • Nov 21, 2018

    I don't know how to put my experience with Dr. Adams into words. OBGYNs deal with emotional and difficult situations for women. She not only knew how to treat things I had previously thought were untreatable, she also made me feel so cared for I cried. I wish I could show her how much my appointment with her meant to me.

  • Nov 21, 2018

    This provider is awesome, 10 on everything. I love her. I would recommend her. You know what's annoying? The survey. And why have 10? People push one and then they think and then it goes zero and the next thing you know, it's a bad choice. This is not a good skill. You should rethink that skill. But that provider, love her. Ten on everything.

  • Nov 20, 2018

    My daughter is almost 34 and she's like a 5 year old that can't talk and they were really great with her. That's all I wanted to say. She was real comfortable with them. I liked them a lot and I wanted her resident to do the (INAUDIBLE) procedure. Anyway, thank you very much.

  • Nov 19, 2018

    Very knowledgeable and friendly. I felt comfortable with Dr Adams and understand the long term approach to my medical needs.

  • Nov 19, 2018

    I found her to be very knowledgeable and what she's talking about and she laid everything out very easy to understand and told me everything that was going to be done before she did it. I would highly recommend ER.

  • Nov 15, 2018

    Excellant provider

  • Nov 14, 2018

    Dr. Adams was very welcoming and warm, but also very professional, and very responsive to questions that I had. That was my first visit. She did a great job of getting to know me a little bit, but then proceeding to what my concerns were, and addressing those concerns very clearly. She made sure that I was clear on what her opinion was and what her advice was for moving forward, and I really appreciated my visit with her and I'm very glad that I found her.

  • Nov 05, 2018

    She was kind and knowledgeable

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Karen was great. She was on time and took a lot of time with me all the time that I needed to listen to my concerns and was empathetic and had great advice.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Dr. Adams has been my OB/GYN for years. I trust and value her opinion 100%.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Very quick first time appointment. Didn?t feel super personal despite the fact I expressed wanting to discuss my fertility and potential plans to get pregnant. Felt very rushed like the doctor needed to stick on a schedule.

  • Nov 02, 2018

    Dr. Adams is fabulous. She listens to you, she's experienced, she's knowledgeable, she's professional, she's compassionate, very easy and to... to talk to and and I'm very fortunate to have her as my gynecologist.

  • Nov 01, 2018

    WonderfulLove her

  • Oct 31, 2018

    She was able to place the IUD with out too much pain. I was inpressed.

  • Oct 31, 2018

    She?s incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and I trust her completely with my care.

  • Oct 31, 2018

    My appointment was on time. Dr Adams is always thorough and spends time with me. She cares.

  • Oct 31, 2018

    Explain to me what could be the cause of my symptoms.

  • Oct 30, 2018

    Love her bedside manner. She's the perfect combination of kind and smart, just when both are needed.

  • Oct 26, 2018

    I had NO IDEA there was such a thing as a Menopause doctor! After reading an article and learning of it...I did my own research and discovered Dr ADAMS is one of very few in Oregon! If ONLY this was more promoted! So many older women need help, but have no idea there is such a doctor! She was AMAZING!!!

  • Oct 25, 2018

    She's always punctual, efficient, clear with what to expect, empathetic with discomfort from procedures.

  • Oct 25, 2018

    Karen is a great listener something often missing in busy providers. She was on time, something else often missing in busy providers.

  • Oct 25, 2018

    Dr. Adams was everything I hoped for: she listened to my concerns, studied my history and came up with a plan for care and improved health going forward.

  • Oct 24, 2018

    Dr. Karen in kind, experienced and pragmatic. I recommend her.

  • Oct 18, 2018

    Oh my goodness. This is like one of the best doctors I've ever had. I'm I was so happy when I got to talk to her to explain everything and what's happening to me, you know clear concise way just a really pleasant doctor to be with and I'm really happy that I did to have her as my doctor now.

  • Oct 17, 2018

    She had taken the time to research my complete medical history and reviewed it with me. I felt really good about that.

  • Oct 14, 2018

    As indicated on my chart note. She was 1hr. 30 mins late. I got to my appointment 15 mins early, so I was there waiting for 1 hr 45 mins before I saw her. Yes she apologized over and over. That was annoying and yes it's like a relationship someone that apologizes over and over gets old real quick. She asked me what is it that you want from me. I want a good relationship with a provider who is trained to tell me what I need.Worst experience. I was referred to the clinic not her.She thought I had hand picked he. Not the case.

  • Oct 13, 2018

    Dr. Adams was professional, friendly, helpful. So glad I went to her.

  • Oct 13, 2018

    Dr. Adams is a very caring person who takes time with her patients and explains in detail the healthcare plan that she is recommending.

  • Oct 12, 2018

    Very helpful and knowledgeable individual, sincere and attentive.

  • Oct 12, 2018

    I feel so lucky to have been connected with Dr Adams. She listened to my concerns and answered them with scientific answers. We have a plan in place and I?m confident moving forward.

  • Sep 28, 2018

    CourteousInformative on a step by step basis with procedureThorough

  • Sep 25, 2018

    Karen Adams is the best! She's current, she really listens, she makes suggestions, and she really cares. Excellent care from a provider who I consider a friend.

  • Sep 11, 2018

    I felt immediately at ease with this doctor.

  • Sep 06, 2018

    Dr Adams and her nurse, Sara, were welcoming and warm, efficient and professional. While I had a full list of issues to address, at no time did the appointment feel rushed. Everything was clearly explained to me, and feel assured that I will be getting the treatment I need from a team of providers within the Women?s clinic. Surely the best experience I?ve had in a gynecology department.

  • Sep 06, 2018

    Very good

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