Christopher Adams


  • Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Medicine
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, UC Davis School of Medicine

At UC Davis Medical Center since: 2014

Program Director since: 2018


  • Bachelor of Science, Loyola University New Orleans, 2008
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Oregon State University, 2012
  • PGY1 Pharmacy Residency, Oregon Health & Science University, 2013
  • PGY2 Emergency Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, 2014

Post-graduate Training:

  • Oregon Health & Science University, PGY1 Pharmacy Residency (2012-2013)
  • University of Rochester Medicine, PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency (2013-2014)

Research Interests:
Tranexamic acid for epistaxis, buprenorphine in the emergency department and emergency medicine pharmacy educational trends/practices

Practice Philosophy:
Emergency medicine clinical pharmacy services aim to maximize medication safety and efficacy within the high-stakes environment of the emergency department, an area notorious for high rates of medication errors and adverse events. The Emergency Medicine Pharmacists’ ethos is “jack of all trades, master of none” as we’re comfortable and often find ourselves managing the unknown and unexpected.

Rotations Precepted:
Emergency Medicine (PGY1, EM PGY2, Am Care PGY2, Cards PGY2, Critical Care PGY2, Peds PGY2)

Dr. Christopher Adams is the Senior Pharmacist in Emergency Medicine and the Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program Director for the University of California Davis Medical Center. Dr. Adams graduated from Oregon State University and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in 2012 and then a completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at OHSU in 2013. He then sought further education and experience in emergency medicine and completed the PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency in 2014 at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Following residency he accepted a position with UC Davis Medical Center, focusing on Emergency Medicine. Dr. Adams serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy and precepts pharmacy students and residents in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Adams also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the UC Davis School of Medicine where he teaches a Wilderness Medicine elective to medical, physician assistant and nurse practitioner students. In addition, he is a Ski Patroller in the Lake Tahoe region and is certified in Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC), Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and is an instructor for Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). Finally, Dr. Adams is a Board Certified Critical Care Pharmacist (BCCCP).

Dr. Adams strives to play an instrumental role in the development of Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Services at UC Davis Health and beyond. He serves as a peer reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine and Academic Emergency Medicine. He volunteers his time as part of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Section Advisory Group on Emergency Care and as part of the Acute Medical Team at the California International Marathon.

Research is a driving force within UC Davis Health Emergency Department. Dr. Adams works closely with Emergency Medicine Faculty to ensure research and care initiative are successful. His research interests include Emergency Medicine Pharmacy educational opportunities locally and nationally, tranexamic acid and substance abuse disorders.

Dr. Adams has been involved with the UC Davis Health PGY2 Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program since its inception in 2014. In 2018, Dr. Adams was appointed to Residency Program Director and hopes to expand the residency to diversify clinical services and maximize the cultivation of outstanding pharmacists with a prospective career in Emergency Medicine Pharmacy.

Selected Publications
Catlin JR, Adams CB, Louie DJ, Wilson MD, Louie EN. Aggressive versus conservative initial diuretic dosing in the emergency department for acute decompensated heart failure. Ann Pharmacother. 2018;52(1):26-31.

Adams CB, Vollman KE, Leventhal EL, Acquisto NM. Emergent pediatric anticoagulation reversal using a 4-factor prothrombin complex concentrate. Am J Emerg Med. 2016;34(6):1182.e1-2.

Adams CB, Acquisto NM, Rotoli JM, Lostracco T, Shamaskin AR, Pasternack JS. Superior mesenteric artery thrombosis after abrupt discontinuation of rivaroxaban. Am J Emerg Med. 2016;34(4):764.e5-7.

Vollman KE, Adams CB, Shah, MN, Acquisto NM. Survey of emergency medicine pharmacy education opportunities for students and residents. Hosp Pharm. 2015;50(8)690-99. Adams CB, Schult R, Acquisto NM, Wiegand TJ. 2014 Annual Meeting of the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology: Bupropion exposures seizures and severe toxicity. Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2014;52(7)769-70.

Buxell S, Adams CB. Pharmacy Pulse. Department of Pharmacy, Oregon Health & Science University. Oct 2012; Apr 2013

Seaton S, Lyons K, Flannery A, Adams CB, Birk R, Lettsome R, Mottice B, Pon T, Siv M. Student Commentary: Purpose and Impact of Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences. Pharmacotherapy. June 2011 [accepted]

Seaton S, Lyons K, Flannery A, Adams CB, Birk R, Lettsome R, Mottice B, Pon T, Siv M. National Student Newsletter: StuNews. American College of Clinical Pharmacy website. Jan 2011; Apr 2011; Aug 2011; Dec 2011; Mar 2012; June 2012; Aug 2012