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Dara Adams, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology


Building & Room:

EEI Building, Suite 3.87


1855 W. Taylor St., Chicago, Illinois 60612

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Otolaryngology Clinic

Building & Room:

Specialty Care Building, 6C


1009 S. Wood St., Chicago, Illinois 60612

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Dr. Dara Adams is a board-certified otolaryngologist and fellowship-trained rhinology and skull base surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UI Health.As a specialist in sinonasal disease, her areas of expertise include nasal obstruction, allergy, sinusitis, nasal polyps, and sinonasal tumors. She is experienced with the latest technological advances in the field and specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic approaches to treat sinonasal as well as skull base and orbital pathology, including pituitary and other tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, blocked tear ducts, and thyroid eye disease.

Dr. Adams specializes in the endoscopic treatment of sinonasal problems including chronic rhinosinusitis, nasal polyps, smell disorders, benign and malignant tumors of the sinonasal cavity and skull base, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and orbital pathology including blocked tear ducts. She treats pediatric and adult patients with both Rhinology and General Otolaryngology problems.

Dr. Adams is actively involved in research on medical and surgical outcomes of chronic rhinosinusitis, olfactory dysfunction, and quality and safety initiatives within otolaryngology. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and frequently presents her research at national conferences.


Specialties & Services

  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Rhinology
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Sinonasal Tumors
  • Skull-base Tumors
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks


  • Excellence in Resident Scholarship Award, University of Chicago, 2020
  • CL&O Lederer-Pierce Resident Research Competition, Third Place, 2020
  • CL&O Lederer-Pierce Resident Research Competition, Second Place, 2018
  • American Rhinologic Society Annual Meeting, Clinical Science Research Award, 2017
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2016

Selected Publications

  • Adams DR, Xu LJ, Vickery TW, Scangas GA, Bleier BS, Gray ST, Metson R. The Impact of Gender on Long-Term Quality of Life After Sinus Surgery for Chronic Rhinosinusitis. The Laryngoscope. 2023 Dec; 133(12):3319-3326. PMID: 37114661.
  • Papazian E, Adams DR, Du M, Wang E, Caballero N, Das P, Horowitz P, Pinto J, Portugal L, Yamini B, Roxbury C. Practice Patterns and Provider Satisfaction in a Virtual Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Clinic. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 2023 May; 13(5):946-949. PMID: 36174968.
  • Adams DR, Rowan NR, Lin SY, Pinto JM, Roxbury CR. Are rhinitis and Eustachian tube dysfunction associated in United States adolescents? International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2023 Apr; 167:111511. PMID: 36933343.
  • Worthington RO, Adams DR, Fritz CDL, Tusken M, Volerman A. Supporting Breastfeeding Physicians Across the Training Continuum: A Call to Action. Academic Medicine 2023 Jan; 98(1):21-28. PMID: 35921171.
  • Paz-Lansberg M, Adams DR. Advances in surgical treatment of rhinitis. Current Otorhinolaryngology Reports 2022 Jun; 10 (172-178).
  • Du M, Papazian E, Adams DR, Caballero N, Portugal L, Das P, Horowitz P, Yamini B, Pinto J, Roxbury C. Patient Satisfaction with Telemedicine is Non-Inferior to In-Office Visits: Lessons From a Tertiary Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery Practice. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 2022 May; 12(5): 802-804. PMID: 34596970.
  • Adams DR, Ramirez-Garcia R, Ginat DT, Agrawal N, Seible D, Cipriani N, Horowitz P, Pinto J, Chiu B. Sinonasal teratocarcinosarcoma in a 76 year old Alaska Native female during the Covid-19 pandemic. Clinical Case Reports 2022 Mar; 10(3): e05635. PMID: 35356171.
  • Portugal LG, Adams DR, Baroody FM, Agrawal N. A surgical safety checklist for performing tracheotomy in patients with Coronavirus Disease 19. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2020 Jul; 163(1):42-46. PMID: 32340546.
  • Adams DR, Pinto JM. Disorders of smell and taste. Crush Otolaryngology Boards. Eds. Chaaban MR. 2019 New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Adams DR, Kern DW, Wroblewski KE, McClintock MK, Dale W, Pinto JM. Olfactory dysfunction predicts incident dementia among older US adults: Findings from a nationally-representative study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2018 Jan; 66(1):140-144. PMID: 28944467.
  • Adams DR, Wroblewski KE, Kern DW, Kozloski MJ, Dale W, McClintock MK, Pinto JM. Factors Associated With Inaccurate Self-Reporting of Olfactory Dysfunction in Older US Adults. Chemical Senses 2017 Mar; 42(3):223-231. PMID: 28007787.
  • Adams DR, Ajmani GS, Pun VC, Wroblewski KE, Kern DW, Schumm LP, McClintock MK, Suh HH, Pinto JM. Nitrogen dioxide pollution exposure is associated with olfactory dysfunction in older US adults. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 2016 Dec; 6(12):1245-1252. PMID: 27620703.
  • Adams DR, Flores A, Coltri A, Meltzer DO, Arora VM. A missed opportunity to improve patient satisfaction? Patient perceptions of inpatient communication with their primary care physician. American Journal of Medical Quality 2016 Nov; 31(6):568-576. PMID: 26157063.


Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology
Residency: The University of Chicago - Chicago IL
Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye & Ear and Harvard Medical School - Boston MA
Medical School: The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine - Chicago IL

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • American Rhinologic Society

Research Currently in Progress

  • Evaluation of long-term outcomes after endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Assessment of olfactory dysfunction among older adults
  • Evaluation of telemedicine in rhinology and skull base surgery