Pita Adam, MD, MSPH

Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Pita Adam

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-333-0770

Office Address:
Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic
2020 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

MD, University of Virginia

University of Missouri-Columbia Family Medicine Residency

Fellowship in academic medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia

MSPH, University of Missouri-Columbia


Patricia "Pita" Adam, MD, MSPH, is the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs. She teaches in the University of Minnesota Medical Center Family Medicine Residency and is also one of the founding family medicine team members on the Minnesota Primary Care Transformation Collaborative.

As Vice-Chair, Dr. Adam's goal is to improve the care we deliver to our patients and the experience of our providers and staff as they serve our patients. She oversees the four family medicine residency clinics and is a member of the Primary Care Executive Team within our Primary Care Service Line. 

Dr. Adam has participated in research studying team-based care, intrathecal narcotics for obstetric pain management, and saline nasal spray for colds and sinusitis. Her current passion is ambulatory medicine. She is leading the three-year implementation of Clinic as Curriculum across our four family medicine programs with the goal of implementing advanced scheduling options to improve provider-patient continuity and provider wellness. 


Women's health, colposcopies, transgender care, integrated behavioral health

Awards & Recognition

Faculty Teacher of the Year, 2019

Professional Associations

American Academy of Family Physicians

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology


Research Summary/Interests

My focus and interest lie in improving and understanding primary care systems in academic clinics. This includes interprofessional team care, teaching residents patient-communication skills, and how to transform the care in teaching clinics. In addition, I am interested in the incorporation of Community Health Workers in a primary care clinic and in improving the care for our underserved patients. 

Research Funding Grants

United Way Community Health Worker Grant

UCare grant - focused on improving care for the high utilizers


Adam P, Ajibade O. Is dermoscopy helpful in differentiating alopecia areata from other forms of alopecia? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(7):E2-E2.

Ali N, Adam P. Do low sodium diets reduce the morbidity and mortality in patients with congestive heart failure? Evidence-Based Practice. 2016;19(4):E1-2.

Hinrich A, Adam P. Can breathing exercises lower blood pressure? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(6):E1.

Singh S, Adam P. What can be done to slow down progression of Alzheimers Disease in the elderly? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(4):9-10.

Thompson Bumm H, Mustapha T, Borman-Shoap E, Adam P, Dierich M, Hager K. Essentials of Ambulatory Care: A Postgraduate-Level, Interdisciplinary, Interprofessional Curriculum at the University of Minnesota. Minnesota Medicine. 2015;98(4):36-8.

Brandenburg D, Pereira C, Adam P. Is it okay to use the nicotine patch during pregnancy? Evidence-Based Practice. 2015;18(2):E1.

Valencia MPR, Adam P. Which constipation management approaches are most effective for infants younger than 2 years? Evidence-Based Practice. Sep 2014;12-13.



  • Family Medicine/Primary Care


Smiley's Family Medicine Clinic

Board Certifications

American Board of Family Medicine

Clinical Interests

Ambulatory care; team care and interprofessional care; women's health