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David H. Adler, M.D., M.P.H.

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Administrative: (585) 275-1249

Office: (585) 275-1249

Fax: (585) 276-1123

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Patient Care Setting

Emergency Medicine


Professional Background

Dr. Adler is an emergency physician, educator and researcher. He received his medical training at the University of California at San Francisco and his residency training in emergency medicine at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California. Dr. Adler has been core faculty in the University of Rochester’s emergency medicine residency program since 2006. He is the Director of Emergency Medicine Research and also directs the SAEM-approved Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship and the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship. He also serves as Chair of the medical school’s International Medicine Faculty Advisory Committee.

Dr. Adler’s public ORCiD record can be found here.


Dr. Adler is the site principal investigator for URMC’s participation in the SIREN and CONCERN networks and has served as site-PI for a number of multi-center federal and industry sponsored trials.
Dr. Adler’s research background focused on Human papillomavirus and cervical cancer risk among South African women with HIV. This work generated a specimen repository housed at URMC that is now being used, in collaboration with colleagues from Infectious Diseases, to investigate the reproductive tract microbiome in HIV-infected women.
Dr. Adler is currently the principal investigator in a line of research evaluating interventions to increase cervical cancer screening uptake among emergency department (ED) patients. Disparities in healthcare access are often magnified among ED patients who are disproportionately likely to be non-adherent with cancer screening recommendations – making the ED a target-rich environment for interventions that increase screening uptake.



  • Emergency Medicine - American Board of Emergency Medicine


Bachelor of Arts with distinction | Stanford University
Human Biology

Doctor of Medicine | University of California Medical School

Masters of Public Health | University of California School of Public Health
Interdisciplinary Program, Focus on International Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

06/26/1999 - 07/25/2002
Residency in Emergency Medicine at Alameda County Medical Center

06/26/1998 - 06/25/1999
Internship in Emergency Medicine at Alameda County Medical Center


Kluge Trauma & Emergency Medical Services Prize
Sponsor: Rochester Academy of Medicine

Outstanding Reviewer
Sponsor: Journal of Emergency Medicine

Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching of Emergency Medicine Residents
Sponsor: University of Rochester Department of Emergency Medicine
Location: Rochester, NY

Outstanding Reviewer
Sponsor: Journal of Emergency Medicine

Outstanding Reviewer
Sponsor: Journal of Emergency Medicine

Outstanding Reviewer
Sponsor: Journal of Emergency Medicine

Alpha Omega Alpha
Sponsor: Medical Honor Society
Location: University of California San Francisco

Phi Beta Kappa
Location: Stanford University

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Journal Articles

Adler D, Abar B, Wood N, Bonham A. "Interventions to Improve Adherence to Cervical Cancer Screening Recommendations among Emergency Department Patients: Enrollment Data in Anticipation of Interventional Trial Results". The Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2019; 57(3): 423-24.

Adler D, Abar B, Durham D, Bastani A, Bernstein S, Baugh C, Bischof J, Coyne C, Grudzen C, Henning D, Hudson M, Klotz A, Lyman G, Madsen T, Pallin D, Reyes C, Rico J, Ryan R, Shapiro N, Swor R, Thomas C, Venkat A, Wilson J, Yeung S, Caterino J. "Validation of the Emergency Severity Index (Version 4) for the Triage of Adult Emergency Department Patients with Active Cancer." The Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2019; 57(3): 354-61.

White JL, Hollander JE, Chang AM, Nishijima DK, Lin AL, Su E, Weiss RE, Yagapen AN, Malveau SE, Adler DH, Bastani A, Baugh CW, Caterino JM, Clark CL, Diercks DB, Nicks BA, Shah MN, Stiffler KA, Storrow AB, Wilber ST, Sun BC. "Orthostatic vital signs do not predict 30?day serious outcomes in older emergency department patients with syncope: A multicenter observational study". American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2019; .

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Pharmacological Management of Common Medical Problems During Pregnancy
Book Title: The Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine
Author List: Adler D, Nobay F
Published By: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishers 2004 in Philadelphia

Chapter Title: Chronic Renal Failure
Book Title: AAEM Textbook of Emergency and Family Medicine
Author List: Adler, D.; Nobay, F.
Published By: eMedicine 2001