Local Boy Makes Good—Now a member of RedSands Laser and St. George Radiology
By Kristy Pike Brooks
Southern Utah is a place that’s hard to leave for good. Daniel Adams was raised in St. George and attended both Dixie High School and what was then Dixie State College. He left the area thirteen years ago to finish his undergraduate degree, attend medical school, and complete his residency and fellowship. Now he’s back to make a difference.
Dr. Adams, an interventional radiologist, knew early on that he wanted to become a doctor. “I wanted to do something rewarding and challenging with my life. I felt like I could find something in the medical field that I would enjoy doing every day.” He found that fun in interventional radiology.
Many are familiar with radiologists, who use imaging modalities like X-rays, CT, and ultrasound to diagnose diseases within the body. But interventional radiology takes things a step further. “It’s a cool specialty,” says Dr. Adams, “but one challenge I see is that most people don’t know much about it.”
So what is interventional radiology? “Over the years,” Dr. Adams says, “people in my field have evolved imaging modalities so that we can not only diagnose diseases, but also treat them. I specialize in minimally invasive procedures that use radiology tools.”
Interventional radiologists like Dr. Adams are bigger assets than most of us realize. “Interventional radiologists can often provide safer and more effective alternatives to big surgeries. We can even use our techniques to treat certain cancers.”
Escaping big surgeries? Easier cancer treatments? Those sound like attractive options. Dr. Adams loves to offer these options to patients in both emergencies and lower-stress situations.
“I worked at one of the biggest trauma centers in the nation during my training. That was probably the most fun and challenging work I have done. Lots of my patients had internal bleeding that couldn’t be stopped easily or safely from outside the body or surgically. I worked to shut down those blood vessels from the inside. I can also perform minimally-invasive procedures to improve blood flow to limbs with poor blood flow, thereby preventing amputation.”
While less serious than trauma cases, varicose veins are another way Dr. Adams helps many patients. “We can now fix varicose veins with one small incision and shut down the vein from the inside so that the patient doesn’t have to undergo a much bigger surgery. Patients can get their veins fixed at our clinic and leave the same day.”
And what about those cancer treatments? “An Interventional radiologist can deliver chemotherapy or radiation locally to a cancerous tumor in the liver through the blood vessels, without the treatment going to the entire body. Using ultrasound, we can even put probes through the skin to burn or freeze tumors. Our methods are especially effective for liver cancers.”
Clearly, that kind of work has a great impact on patients; that is Dr. Adams’ favorite part of the job. “One reason I went into interventional radiology was because I get to interact with patients more than if I had gone into ‘regular’ diagnostic radiology. I can offer people treatments, not just diagnoses. I get to see more problems fixed and be a part of the results.”
And Dr. Adams’ advice to a patient? “If you have a medical problem, talk to your doctor and do your research to find out what your options are. I do all of my consulting at the Red Sands Vein Clinic, and I would invite anyone with questions to come and see me.”
About Dr. Adams
Daniel Adams grew up in St. George, Utah. He attended Dixie College and earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Economics. He attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, earning an MD/MBA degree. He then spent two years in Salt Lake City to complete an internship and perform research at Intermountain Medical Center. He returned to complete a four-year residency at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and then spent one year in Seattle to complete a fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Washington. He has now returned to St. George and practices at Dixie Regional Medical Center and the Red Sands Vein Clinic. His wife, Anne, was also raised in St. George, and she and Dr. Adams are the parents of four boys.