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 (448 Ratings, 222 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 (448 Ratings, 222 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 31, 2019

    Dr.Adams had reviewed my history the night before the appointment. She greeted me by letting me know that she had last seen me in 2011. She was very patient and kind which made a rather scary event as comfortable as possible.

  • Dec 31, 2019

    Very professional, knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. Clearly communicated and answered questions.

  • Dec 27, 2019

    Very thorough and quick. She also read through my file ahead of time which is great!

  • Dec 24, 2019

    They were friendly and nice.

  • Dec 18, 2019

    Dr Adams is a wonderful and compassionate communicator. I appreciate how she listened to my issues and explained the recommended treatment.

  • Dec 14, 2019

    Karen always takes the time to listen to any issues and work with me on any solutions. I am extremely comfortable working with her on any sensitive issues, which is comforting.

  • Dec 12, 2019

    Friendly, knowledgeable, Put me at ease.

  • Dec 10, 2019

    I met with Doctor Adams for a few minutes and she was very kind. She reviewed Doctor Azadeh Poursaid’s work and treatment plan.Doctor Poursaid is INCREDIBLE. I’m shocked she’s only a resident! She is so thorough, warm and kind. I usually have really bad anxiety when I have to go to the doctor’s, but I had zero coming back for my follow-up. That is solely because of Dr Poursaid. Doctor Adams was nice, and she/the other doctor’s are doing an amazing time teaching their residents!

  • Dec 10, 2019

    She was friendly and didn’t make me feel rushed

  • Dec 05, 2019

    She's very knowledgeable, but it felt rush. I know she has a busy schedule but I didn't feel like I could ask question that like she was. She's been doing this for a long time. So it was very expected the whole situation and I just missed a quiet, i don't know it didn't seem warm or caring.

  • Dec 04, 2019

    Dr. Adams was AMAZING!! New doctor for me and everything was perfect!! She really took the time to listen to my concerns and made me feel at ease.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    Dr Adams understands where I am in life. Older woman with the issues that arise from menopause. She listens and knows her subject extremely well. I am on HRT therapy and she knows this subject and explains risk and reward.I feel comfortable with her!

  • Nov 26, 2019

    This provider was fine.

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Dr. Adam's is thorough, extremely knowledgeable, and she takes the time to explain her diagnosis and her suggestions regarding treatment. Dr. Adam's collaborates with me, which I find inherently respectful and conducive to trust building.

  • Nov 14, 2019

    Dr. Adams is great and always takes the time to answer all questions. I feel very comfortable with her.

  • Nov 13, 2019

    She is caring and thorough and her expertise comes through clearly.

  • Nov 13, 2019

    Dr Adams has taken the time not to only review my medical chart, but also my previous email communications regarding an issue with a refill I have requested a couple of months ago. this refill request did not go very well and delayed my medication delivery. She apologized for the problem and I truly appreciate that. this Gesture demonstrate she sees sees that my medical care is impacted outside the direct care/exam she provides.thanks[Name]

  • Nov 13, 2019

    Dr. Adams and her nurse were amazing! They made sure I was completely comfortable and answered all of my questions. The procedure was not the most comfortable but everything else was top notch.

  • Nov 09, 2019

    Dr. Adams gave me possibly the best gynecological support and assessment maybe that I've ever had I would say it was one of the most helpful examinations, her presence and her ability to listen and respond was exceptional.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Dr Karen is professional and caring.It was a long wait to get an appointment with the specialist but i got help needed right away.Thank you.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Dr. Adams is absolutely the best physician that OHSU has!

  • Nov 08, 2019

    Hi. Yeah. My husband and I had an appointment, or I had an appointment and my husband accompanied me, and we are really, really impressed with Dr. Adams. She's super knowledgeable, really listened and helped us problem solve. So we'd really recommend her and we're very pleased. Thanks so much.

  • Nov 07, 2019

    Dr. Adams is wonderful, she is able to cover so many aspects of my health without feeling rushed. I really appreciate her professionalism and thorough care.

  • Nov 06, 2019

    Dr. Adams is always so thoughtful and takes the time to discuss the items to address within my visit and management options. She never seems rushed and has time to address my concerns.

  • Nov 05, 2019

    She was on time, a great listener,very sympathetic,understanding and reassuring. She offered a number of really good solutions and information. I especially appreciated that she told me that she's on my team and is available to me if I need her help.

  • Oct 30, 2019

    Dr. Adams is incredible. She is so thoughtful and kind in her communication and really listens and does a great job explaining everything from what to expect to answering questions. I LOVE HER!

  • Oct 30, 2019

    First visit with this doctor. As with any provider, it will take time to get to know her and develop trust and good communication. The clinic had over-scheduled her day and she was 30 minutes late which increased the stress level of the appointment which was essentially an interview to assess my current health status and discuss a path forward. Great communication during the waiting process, which I really appreciated.

  • Oct 23, 2019

    Welcoming, caring

  • Oct 21, 2019

    Never have I felt so comfortable with a dr. She explained everything and showed so much compassion to me. I was shaking I was so nervous. I am excited to be here patient!

  • Oct 19, 2019

    She was thorough, thoughtful and kind.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Dr. Adams was very receptive to my concerns, provided a lot of information and options, and made me feel like a valuable, important patient.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Dr Adams was great.Dane (from the call center) was difficult to work with

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Dr. Adams is very thorough. She answers all my questions. She explains everything I need to know. In detail and she's helpful with planning appointments and she's on time.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Dr. Adams is always very 'present' and has clearly read your chart and remembers you . This is a sadly uncommon experience in modern medicine. She is genuinely interested and cares about the 'whole' patient. Not just your symptoms! A welcome experience. There a over a 100 gyns on my insurance plan but I pay out of pocket to see Dr. Adams.

  • Oct 01, 2019

    She was friendly, empathetic and very down to earth. I really liked her.

  • Sep 24, 2019

    I Love Dr Adams and her nurse! Dr Adams loves her career and it shows. I’m lucky that she is part of my healthcare team!

  • Sep 20, 2019

    Dr. Adams was the best! She put me at ease immediately -- friendly, knowledgeable, interested in my health issues, efficient. I was very upset when I made the appointment, and relieved and happy with the plan we came up with when I left.

  • Sep 18, 2019

    I have seen Dr Adams several times and she is always impressive. She is very kind and gentle and willing to listen to and discuss my symptoms.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    Dr Adams was very attentive to my needs and questions.

  • Sep 14, 2019

    Excellent provider. Trusted her very very much.

  • Sep 13, 2019

    Great experience, Dr. was on time and spent time with me answering all my questions and not rushing at all. It's a very pleasant experience to go to an appointment at OHSU and Dr. Adams.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    I feel like I'm seeing the absolute best provider possible for this set of needs. I like her so much. My only complaint was that the board showed she was on time, when in fact, it was 30 min before she got into the room. The nurse said she had updated the board, and I completely believe her. This isn't the first time that I know, with a lot of certainty, that the nurse DID update the board, and for some reason the board did not reflect the change. Is there a SW delay, or an extra button to push, or does there need to be a confirmation screen for this process? You should have you PIC look into it.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    Hi by far Dr. Karen Adams over exceeded my expectations for my appointment. I'm so thankful that we met I am on my way to feeling better. I can't wait to follow up with her in 3 months. I think she's awesome. Thank you very much.

  • Sep 11, 2019

    She is very patient recent my problem and I know that I trust her for her experience to take care of my recent problem. That's why I come to OHSU to find the best professor the very experienced doctor.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    She was very professional and warm. Thanked me for coming in to see her. She had a lot of helpful information for me.

  • Sep 06, 2019

    Dr. Karen Adams and her staff are very professional and kind. Dr. Adams has a personable manner in the way she explains the procedures and reasons for procedures she is performing.

  • Sep 04, 2019

    Dr Adams is incredibly smart and reassuring. And she really listens. I love her!

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Dr Adams is one-of-a-kind. She listens carefully and responds to any and all questions or concerns. She is very well informed about HRT and special challenges of post-menopausal women. I highly recommend her and am thankful to have found her as I deal with the challenge of breast cancer.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Dr Adams was wonderful. She is very knowledgeable, helpful and compassionate. I also appreciate how down to earth she was during the entire appointment. She was very clear that if I had any questions or concerns after I left that I could contact her through the OHSU email portal.

  • Aug 28, 2019

    Good experience. She was on time, spent time with me, allowed for questions. Friendly