About Roberta H. Adams, MD

Dr. Roberta Adams is the medical director of the Phoenix Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD). She is also the director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program within the CCBD. She graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1981, completed her residency at Boston Children's Hospital, then worked for 3 years on the Navajo Reservation as a general pediatrician prior to completing her Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the University of Utah. She has more than 40 years of diverse experience in cancer and blood disorder treatment and research, especially in cellular therapy/marrow transplant.

Dr. Adams is the leader of a team of pediatric specialist who make up the largest pediatric cancer program in Arizona. Her research interests focus on decreasing the toxicity from stem cell transplantation, including improvement in the detection and treatment of infections in the transplant setting and minimizing and treating the complications which stem from receiving a stem cell graft from another person other than the patient. Dr. Adams' additional interests are related to the role of bone marrow - manipulation to enhance an antitumor effect and decrease risk of complications and graft rejection both in the treatment of acute leukemia and in solid tumors such as sarcomas.

Dr. Adams is proud to work for Phoenix Children's and lead the pediatric team which is only one of two programs in Arizona, and the only one in the Phoenix Valley, conducting research trials giving pediatric cancer patients access to the newest treatments available. Dr. Adams is affiliated with Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, which, together with Phoenix Children's, run the Valley's only accredited Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program.

Medical School / Education

College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY


(Pediatrics) Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA


(Pediatric Hematology/Oncology) University of Utah Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT

Pediatrics, Subspecialty-Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

American Board of Pediatrics

Pediatric Hematology

Pediatric Oncology

Bone Marrow Transplant

Cellular Therapy

Top Doctor Recipient, PHOENIX magazine

Annual Award for Outstanding Women in Business, Phoenix Business Journal

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Mayo Medical School, Scottsdale, AZ

Professional Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

Children's Oncology Group

National Institutes of Health

American Academy of Pediatrics

International Society for Cellular Therapy

American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Adams RH, Lemons RS, Thangavelu M, Le Beau MM, Christensen RD. Interstitial deletion of chromosome 5, del(5q), in a newborn with Down syndrome and an unusual hematologic disorder. Am J Hematol. 1989 Aug; 31(4):273-9. PMID:2525873.

Bone Marrow Transplant, Cellular Therapy