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Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. - Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, FL, US

Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.

Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chair of the Department of Integrated Biomedical Science | Florida Atlantic University


Dr. Terry Adirim is a physician executive with senior leadership and executive experience in academic medicine and the federal government.



Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. Publication




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Dr. Terry Adirim is a physician executive with senior leadership and executive experience in academic medicine and the federal government. Prior to joining FAU, she served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs for the United States Military Health Systems, a $50 billion complex acute care delivery system that serves 9.5 million beneficiaries. Her subject matter areas of expertise include health care quality improvement and patient safety, quality measurement, emergency care of children and care of medically complex children. She has research experience in health services, health systems and pediatric sports injuries including concussion. Dr. Adirim is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and primary care sports medicine. She has more than 150 publications and professional/academic presentations to her credit.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Children with Special Health Care Needs

Emergency Medicine


Integrated Medical Sciences

Quality Improvement

Accomplishments (4)

Leading for Impact: Women in Leadership Award (professional)

October 2019 FedHealthIt.com

HRSA Administrator’s Time-Off Award (professional)

2012 Recognition of Leadership of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS

Administrator’s Citation for Outstanding Group Performance (professional)

2011 HRSA’s American Indian/Alaska Native Workgroup, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS

Administrator’s Citation for Outstanding Group Performance (professional)

2011 ACA Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, HRSA, HHS

Education (4)

Brandeis University: B.A., Biology

University of Miami School of Medicine: M.D.

Research Distinction

Harvard School of Public Health: M.P.H., Public Health

Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts: M.B.A., Medical Management 2018

Beta Gamma Sigma

Affiliations (3)

  • American Academy of Pediatrics : Fellow
  • Academic Pediatric Association
  • Academy Health

Selected Media Appearances (10)

Ask Lois: Does a football player have to show his COVID-19 lab results?

Sun Sentinel  


But here’s how Florida Atlantic University medical school professor Terry Adirim says they should handle these situations. She’s the chair and professor of pediatrics in the Integrative Medical Sciences Department and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the Schmidt College of Medicine. “The school would not have to close if (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance is followed,” she said. But here’s what she said they would have to do:

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"Mask Up," Say Miami Officials and Experts. Here's Why, Where, and How.

Miami New Times  


"What you've done is, you've taken away one of [local government's] tools to get people to do the right thing," Adirim says. "You're not only moving on to another phase, you're saying you can't enforce masks. It's crazy."

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Are kids ready to go back to classrooms? Experts offer insights how to prepare

Naples Daily News  


For younger kids, experts recommend practicing getting ready in the morning and emphasizing their children need to follow instructions from teachers. That can help address anxiety and expectations, said Dr. Terry Adirim, a physician and professor of pediatrics at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Medicine.

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More younger people, minorities dying of COVID-19 in Central Florida

Orlando Sentinel  


“It’s a social justice issue because when you have people dying from a disease at a greater proportion than others, you really need to look at that and determine how you can address it. And I don’t think we really as a nation or even as a state have adequately looked at this,” said Dr. Terry Adirim, senior associate dean for clinical affairs and professor of pediatrics Florida Atlantic University.

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Doctors: Don't assume COVID survivors are immune from re-infection

CBS 12 News  


Dr. Terry Adirim, a Dean at Florida Atlantic University's Medical School, said there is still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19 and immunity. "We really need more evidence to help us in our decision making," said Dr. Adirim. She said there is emerging evidence to show COVID survivors develop both antibodies and a T-cell response for future protection.

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What It Was Like to Fly: A Pandemic Tell-All

Everyday Health  


It’s important to use airline apps during the pandemic, confirms Terry Adirim, MD, MPH, the senior associate dean for clinical affairs at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, in Boca Raton. “Boarding-pass screens are touched by many people, so they’re a high risk for disease transmission,” she says.

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U.S. sees another record-breaking day with more than 63,000 coronavirus cases

CBS News  


"I think it's like pouring gasoline on a fire," said Dr. Terry Adirim, a physician and dean at Florida Atlantic University, who was concerned to see the theme park reopen. "I don't think it's going to help us drive down our case rates. I think it's going to do the opposite."

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Masks are putting people at each other’s throats, especially in Palm Beach County

South Florida Sun Sentinel  online


“There is no known medical condition that would prevent anyone over the age of 2 from wearing a mask,” said Dr. Terry Adirim, an emergency physician and dean of clinical affairs at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Medicine. “There is scientific evidence that wearing a mask reduces the risk of transmission.”

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FAU Medicine Ushers in New Research Phase to Prevent Dementia

Newswise  online


“There are a number of distinct health factors that place people at greater risk of developing neuro-degenerative diseases including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, low muscle mass, poor diet and exercise as well as decreases in mental activities and social engagement,” said Terry Adirim, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., senior associate dean for clinical affairs, chair of the Department of Integrated Medical Science, and a professor in FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, who will oversee the clinical team at the FAU Center for Brain Health. “An estimated 40 to 50 million Americans have one or more of these risk factors. Our FAU Medicine team will employ innovative interventions and a multimodal and personalized approach to address and treat the root causes of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.”

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19 coronavirus myths you should stop believing

The Miami Times  


Myth: Coronavirus originated from drinking "bat soup" There is no evidence to support this particular rumor, says Terry Adirim, MD, a professor of pediatrics and senior associate dean for clinical affairs at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. It's true that coronavirus can be found in bats, however, it doesn't jump from bats to people, Dr. Adirim says. There needs to be something that bridges this jump. The National Institutes of Health points out that two other related viruses, SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, also originated in bats.

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Answers (11)

What are the essential tips that we need to provide to our children about staying safe during the pandemic?

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Other countries have already opened schools. What can we learn from them as it relates to best practices?

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Is it safe for children to wear a facemask for hours during the day?

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Selected Articles (5)

Mental Healthcare Utilization Among Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth and their Cisgender Siblings in the U.S. Military Healthcare System Journal of Adolescent HealthF

David A Klein, Natasha A Schvey, Terry A Adirim, Anna K Rayne, Apryl Susi, Timothy Roberts, Elizabeth Hisle-Gorman


Large population-based studies using administrative data sets indicate that transgender and gender diverse (TGD) adults are more likely to have a mental health diagnosis and higher use of mental health services compared to cisgender peers. Moreover, research suggests TGD youth may experience higher than expected rates of adverse mental health outcomes. However, these studies are limited by small sample sizes, self-reports, limited geographic area, and lack of control groups. This study’s aim is to compare mental health service utilization of TGD youth to a control group of cisgender siblings in a large healthcare system.

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A Military Health System For The Twenty-First Century Health AffairsF

Terry Adirim


The Military Health System is one of the largest integrated health care systems in the United States. It is composed of a “direct care” system of military treatment facilities managed in a federated manner by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Health Agency and a “purchased care” component that consists of a network of health care providers managed through TRICARE. The system is undergoing significant reform and transformation. In 2017 Congress directed the Department of Defense (DoD) to consolidate all DoD military treatment facilities of the Army, Navy, and Air Force under the Defense Health Agency, while at the same time DoD civilian leaders put additional pressure on the system to accelerate reform efforts across the enterprise. Similar to other health systems, the Military Health System is under pressure to achieve greater efficiencies and reduce costs. This article portrays the drivers for consolidation of the three medical departments—those of the Army, Navy, and Air Force—under one agency and reflects on the impacts of this transformation in light of the DoD’s unique mission.

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Transgender Children and Adolescents Receiving Care in the US Military Health Care System JAMA PediatricsF

David A Klein, Timothy A Roberts, Terry A Adirim, Corinne A Landis, Apryl Susi, Natasha A Schvey, Elizabeth Hisle-Gorman


In the United States, approximately 0.7% of the population identify as transgender.1 Transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) youth may experience poor health outcomes and identity-based discrimination within the health care setting.2,3 However, these disparities may be attenuated in gender-affirming environments.3,4 Until September 2016, gender-affirming care was not covered for the 1.7 million youth who may be eligible for military health system (MHS) care based on their parents’ current or prior service. At that point, a new Department of Defense policy was enacted that allowed military dependents to receive full coverage for nonsurgical TGD-associated care.5 However, the extent to which military-affiliated TGD youth receive military-provided and civilian care paid for through Tricare Prime, a MHS insurance plan, is unknown. The current study aims to determine health care use trends among TGD youth in the MHS, which provides services at no or low personal cost. These data will help inform future policy and determine the necessity of health care professional training and resource allocation.6

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Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department PediatricsF

Katherine Remick, Marianne Gausche-Hill, Madeline M. Joseph, Kathleen Brown, Sally K. Snow, Joseph L. Wright


This is a revision of the previous joint Policy Statement titled “Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department.” Children have unique physical and psychosocial needs that are heightened in the setting of serious or life-threatening emergencies. The majority of children who are ill and injured are brought to community hospital emergency departments (EDs) by virtue of proximity. It is therefore imperative that all EDs have the appropriate resources (medications, equipment, policies, and education) and capable staff to provide effective emergency care for children. In this Policy Statement, we outline the resources necessary for EDs to stand ready to care for children of all ages. These recommendations are consistent with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) in its report “The Future of Emergency Care in the US Health System.” Although resources within emergency and trauma care systems vary locally, regionally, and nationally, it is essential that ED staff, administrators, and medical directors seek to meet or exceed these recommendations to ensure that high-quality emergency care is available for all children. These updated recommendations are intended to serve as a resource for clinical and administrative leadership in EDs as they strive to improve their readiness for children of all ages.

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Publication of Abstracts Presented at an International Emergency Medicine Scientific Meeting Pediatric Emergency CareF

Ryan Halickman, Dennis Scolnik, Ayelet Rimon, Miguel Marcelo Glatstein


Scientific presentations at professional organization meetings have long been recognized as a method of providing up-to-date and novel information to both the medical and scientific community. After abstract presentation at a medical conference, the subsequent publication rate of full-text articles is variable, and few studies have examined this topic with respect to international emergency medicine conferences. This study's goals were to determine the publication rate of articles resulting from abstracts presented at the 12th International Conference on Emergency Medicine 2008 in San Francisco, Calif, and to compare this with data from the previous International Conference on Emergency Medicine 2006 conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We found a reduction in publication rate from 33.2% in 2006 to 22.8% in 2008 and that the host country furnished a greater proportion of the abstracts. It would be interesting to examine how these potential trends played out over more extended periods.

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