Meet Our W&S Open Team: Brian Adams, MD

A funny thing happened to UC Health dermatologist Brian Adams, MD, while traveling to his 15th class reunion at the Yale School of Medicine.

Adams, who is also chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, became the official dermatology medical advisor to the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).

He said the role evolved from a chance meeting while he was on a shuttle bus en route to the reunion event. Adams was seated next to a fellow Yale alumnus who noticed him diligently working on his book, Sports Dermatology.

They chatted about the book, and the fellow alumnus offered to introduce Adams to the WTA officials, which led to a meeting. That was 2006 and Adams, who is also a clinician at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center, is still the dermatologist that WTA players trust to keep their skin healthy.

Adams, however, doesn’t need to wear much sunscreen during the eight-day tournament.

While everyone else is either playing or watching tennis matches, Adams spends most of his time in a clinic on the lower level of the Lindner Tennis Center, seeing female players for skin infections, skin cancers, pre-cancers, traumatic skin or nail conditions or skin allergies.

About half of the players he sees have a scheduled review and the other half a new or urgent skin issue. Adams says he does not see tournament attendees, but has an agreement with the WTA to see a male player if the schedule allows.

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