Karen E. Adams M.D.

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Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (432 Ratings, 147 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

4.7 out of 5 (432 Ratings, 147 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

  • Sep 17, 2019

    Dr Adams was very attentive to my needs and questions.

  • Sep 14, 2019

    Excellent provider. Trusted her very very much.

  • 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!

  • May 10, 2019

    It was quite a good experience with Dr. Adams, and I'm so glad that I was able to meet her.

  • May 02, 2019

    She was very nice, I felt like I got a lot of information and she asked a lot of questions.

  • May 02, 2019

    Took the time to really listen and understand the purpose of my visit. Very caring and knowledgeable

  • May 01, 2019

    Very compassionate and kind

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Dr. Karen Adams this one of the most attentive and connected doctors. I have ever experienced in my 61 years of life. She listens, she seems like she cares sincerely. And he makes you feel like you are the only patient she has when in fact, you know that she has so many patients. It is so busy.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Dr. Adams is thorough and professional. I am very confident she can help me with the ongoing HRT issues I have.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    She is great to talk to, but very hard to get in to see, even if I have an acute issue.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    The dr was informed about my issues and listened to my feedback.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    I have been going to Dr. Adams for number of years, and I just think she is fantastic. She's takes the time to listen to you. She makes you feel like you're very important and I really appreciate that as I think a lot of other women do being heard. I will keep on going to Dr. Adams as long as I can. I love that woman. Thank you. Bye.

  • Apr 24, 2019

    She is the best physician i have ever received care from. And that is saying a lot since I am 60 years old!!

  • Apr 24, 2019

    Caring ,great communication. Listened to me, answered my questions. Through but not excessively long appointment. I am very happy to be a new patient of her.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    I was very upset with my care. I was sent up there to get a surgery scheduled and she told me that she did not want to do surgery in the hormone replacement was my only option. I did not want to do that and I felt bad you're into it and ended up giving in for a shot that I've reviews from my regular gynecologist from the past six years and I'm already having side effects and I'm very unhappy and I was upset and cried my entire two and a half hour drive home. So I am very very upset with my treatment was not worth my drive with a waste of my time and I'm very viable. I don't think I ever will come back. That's not at all how anyone should be treated and I was having a panic attack because of it and I asked if there was anything that could be.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Karen Adam is the most approachable provider I have ever had. Not only is she smart and on top of her specialty, but she is a joy to work with as a care provider. Her patients are very lucky!

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Dr. Adams is very warm, friendly, and human. I was also glad to see that she is working with residents.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Very good listener.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    Dr. Adams is great! It was my first time for my woman exam and I was extremely nervous, she is very calming that it made me feel less anxious. Her MA Tess was also great and very friendly. They both made me feel comfortable. I really liked that Dr. Adams explains the procedure and tells you what to expect!

  • Apr 04, 2019

    Extremely personable, intelligent, helpful, great bedside manner. Always feel I am in the best care as Dr. Adams reviews my chart the day before my appointment to get up to speed on my health situation and is well-informed. I also love how she includes personal notes to me about our appointment and next steps at the top of my after visit summary. No other doctor I have seen at OHSU does that and it is awesome. It helps confirm the information she shared and I can go back to review anytime. I feel as though Dr. Adams truly cares for my well being.

  • Apr 04, 2019

    Dr. Adams is deeply caring and competent.

  • Mar 28, 2019

    It was a pleasant experience. The provider was extremely supportive. She provided facts, a plan of action and explained everything in a way that was clear.

  • Mar 28, 2019

    Karen Adams was wonderful. She was invested in my care and was very comforting. She answered all my questions and provided excellent care.

  • Mar 28, 2019

    She was just lovely! Very personable, listened well (while not typing!) and addressed all issues respectfully

  • Mar 27, 2019

    My appointment started with easy parking and check-in, along with an on-time appointment! But the best part was my experience with Dr. Adams and Sara. First, I felt very at ease and welcomed. Then I was very impressed that Dr. Adams had done her homework and looked at all of my medical records the night before and was able to ask me questions to clarify her knowledge of my history and to make sure that she was not missing anything important eg if I am struggling with depression. I am not sure I have ever experienced that before! In addition to being well informed about my medical history, she was able to listen generously and pull it all together in a treatment approach. I am so excited that I actually may not have to live with my symptoms! What a relief, I almost started crying. I am so grateful. I only wish I could have seen Dr. Adams several years ago.

  • Mar 22, 2019

    Karen is awesome. Very, very kind. She's understanding. (INAUDIBLE). She makes you feel comfortable, very knowledgeable, and I absolutely enjoyed the visit. We'll do it again.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Caring and well-informed. Dr. Adams spent extra time going over my situation, even though I was the last appointment on a late-open clinic day.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    (INAUDIBLE) She is very thorough and very personable and I enjoyed my visit there and all my questions answered. Thank you.

  • Mar 19, 2019

    Dr. Adams is prepared, complete and thorough. She addressed my concerns and a possible plan. She didn't leave me hanging.Very knowledgeable and I felt taken care of in an intelligent by empathetic manner.

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Hi, my experience was great. Everything went well with her. She was caring and the way she talked to me was awesome. She's a great doctor anyway so I appreciate that. Thank you.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    Best provider I have ever seen! She was prepared, kind, smart and helpful

  • Mar 05, 2019

    She seemed very knowledgeable and explained the procedure well and made me feel at ease.

  • Mar 01, 2019

    They treated me well, excellent.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    She’s brilliant, accessible and has helped me tremendously. I trust her.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    She is great! Super happy to have found her.

  • Feb 24, 2019

    Dr. Adams professional and personal while discussing any issues or questions that may arise. She’s a very good doctor.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    She listened and was fully engaged with hearing about what I am experiencing visually and addressing it. She also explained her analysis. It far exceeded my expectations!

  • Feb 16, 2019

    I truly believe she cares about me and my health. Both mentally and physically. She has a lovely bedside manor and is very, very kind and extremely knowledgeable and smart. I feel lucky to have her as my doctor.

  • Feb 14, 2019

    Nice bedside manner, very knowledgeable. Listened to my concerns.

  • Feb 05, 2019

    Dr Adams was the first doctor who read my chart the day before my appointment! Felt like she wanted to know my history more in depth in order to better treat. Great!!

  • Feb 05, 2019

    She is great. Had reviewed my file before I arrived - answered all my questions

  • Feb 01, 2019

    I would like to recommend Dr. Karen Adams. I have never once been disappointed with her communication information and choices that she presents to me. I am very appreciative of her care that she's giving to me her feedback when I ask questions that are feedback but her her answers the choices that she gives me she's promptly on time her Assistants are wonderful extremely glad that she is my provider.

  • Jan 30, 2019

    It was a great experience. We spent 30 minutes reviewing the last few years of medical history from Family Medicine. She answered questions that I had and we developed a care plan for moving to Center for Women's Health going forward.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    First of all she actually accumulated all of my background information the night before I came in which is more than any doctor I've ever been to has done. That was very impressive. Secondly, she was extremely welcoming and encouraging and gave me multiple ideas for addressing my issues and she's scheduled a 2 month follow up appointment. So I'm looking forward to that and hopefully we'll have some results.

  • Jan 26, 2019

    Immediately I felt comfortable and I felt I had a truly experienced. She (INAUDIBLE) her intelligence and I feel that she really cared about me as a patient. So I very much enjoyed the visit.

  • Jan 24, 2019

    As with my first appointment with her, Dr Adams was warm and friendly, and put me at ease. She was detailed in her explanations,and I trusted her advice implicitly. I appreciate her common sense attitude.

  • Jan 24, 2019

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

  • Jan 17, 2019

    I really enjoy all my visits with Dr. Adams. She always takes the time to listen to my questions and concerns, and it is clear that she truly cares for her patients.