Dr. Adirim is Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Integrated Medical Sciences. In her role as Senior Associate Dean, she is responsible for providing leadership over the FAU College of Medicine’s clinical enterprise including providing vision, strategy and oversight of the College’s patient care, clinical translational research activities and the new FAU Medicine faculty practice. She is also responsible for ensuring continued successful implementation of the College’s goal of improving access to value-based care, as outlined in the College’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. As Department Chair, Dr. Adirim is responsible for providing leadership, mentoring and strategy for a department comprised of approximately 80 core faculty and 1000 affiliate, community-based faculty members representing a spectrum of medical specialties.
Prior to coming to FAU, Dr. Adirim was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in the Department Defense, providing leadership over the Military Health System (MHS).The MHS is a large $50 billion integrated health system composed of 49 hospitals and hundreds of clinics world-wide and the TRICARE Health Plan serving 9.5 million beneficiaries. She maintains adjunct academic appointments at the DoD Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda Maryland. Previously, Dr. Adirim worked in senior leader positions at the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and in academic medicine.
Dr. Adirim earned her M.D. with research distinction at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, her pediatrics residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Emergency Medicine training at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC and Primary Care Sports Medicine training at DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She has over 200 publications, oral presentations and invited keynote speaking engagements.
- B.A.: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
- M.D.: Research Distinction, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
- M.P.H.: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
- M.B.A.: Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
- Resident: Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
- Fellow: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
- Fellow: Primary Care Sports Medicine, Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences/Children’s National Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
- 1997-2004: Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC; Attending Physician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
- 2005-2006: Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA; Acting Department Director and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
- 2006-2010: Office of Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC; Acting Associate Chief Medical Officer and Senior Advisor for Science and Public Health
- 2010-2014: Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD; Director, Office of Special Health Affairs, Acting Director, Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems/Maternal and Child Health Bureau
- 2014-2016: Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children; Director of Academic Advancement
- 2016-2020: Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Department of Defense; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Services Policy and Oversight; and Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
Adirim TA. “A Military Health System for the 21st Century. Health Affairs. August 2019.
- Klein DA, Roberts TA, Adirim TA, et al. Transgender Children and Adolescents Receiving Care in the US Military Health Care System. JAMA Pediatr. Published online March 25, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0105.
- Mueller BU, Neuspiel DR, Fisher ERS and Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (Adirim TA). Principles of Pediatric Patient Safety: Reducing Harm Due to Medical Care. Pediatrics. 2019 Jan 22.
Adirim T., et al. A New Era in Quality Measurement: The Development and Application of Quality Measures. Pediatrics. 139(1); Jan. 2017.
- (Adirim T) Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management and Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Disclosure of Adverse Events in Pediatrics. Pediatrics. 138(6); Dec. 2016.
- Sadovich J, Adirim TA, Telford R, Olsen L, Gauche-Hill M, and Edgerton EA. Pediatric Readiness in Indian Health Service and Tribal Emergency Departments: Results from the National Pediatric Readiness Project. Journal of Emergency Nursing. January 2016.
- Sandelich S and Adirim TA. An Unusual Cause of Back Pain in a 10-Year-Old Girl. Pediatric Emergency Care. July 23, 2016
Adirim TA. Emergency Medical Services for Children: Thirty Years of Advancing High Quality Emergency Care for Children. Pediatric Emergency Care. 2015 Feb;31(2): 151-6.
- Lin SC, Lee MT,and Adirim TA. Transition Outcomes for Young Adults with Disabilities. Journal of Pediatric Rehab Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Approach. 2015 Jan; 8(1): 23-30.
Adirim TA and Supplee L. Overview of the Federal Home Visiting Program, Pediatrics. 2013 Nov;132, Suppl 2:S59-64.
- Yu SM, Lin SC, Adirim TA. Selected Health Status Measures of Children from US Immigrant Families. ISRN Pediatr. 2013 Jul 8; 2013:164757.
- Lee-Jayaram J, Green, A, Siembieda J, Gracely E, Quintana E, Mull C and Adirim T. Ketamine versus Etomidate: Procedural Sedation for Pediatric Orthopedic Reductions. Pediatr Emerg Care 2010 Jun; 26(6): 408-12.
Adirim T. Protecting Children During Disasters: The Federal View. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2009: 10(3): 164-172.
Adirim TA. Concussions in Sports. Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2007;8(1): 2-6.
Adirim TA and Barouh A. Pediatric Orthopedic Sports Injuries. Invited article for Current Paediatrics, 2006; June, 16(3): 210-215.
- Kothare S, Melvin J, Piatt J, Adirim T and Legido A. “Baclofen Overdose Followed by Withdrawal: Clinical and EEG Features” Pediatr Neurol 2005; Nov; 33(5): 373-377.
- Shirley K, Kothare S, Piatt J and Adirim TA. “Baclofen Overdose by Intrathecal Pump” Pediatric Emergency Care 2006; April; 22(4): 258-261.
- Shirley K and Adirim TA. “Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes”, Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, invited article, 2005 Dec; Vol 6(4): 194-199.
- O’Connor FG, Pyne S, Brennan B, and Adirim, T. Exercise Associated Collapse: An Algorithmic Approach to Race Day Management” The American Journal of Medicine and Sports 2003 Jul; V (III): 212-217.
- Singh T, and Wright JL, and Adirim TA. “Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Template for Prehospital Protocol Development” Prehospital Emergency Care. 2003 Jul-Sep; 7(3): 336-51.
Adirim TA and Cheng T.Overview of injuries in the young athlete. Sports Medicine. 2003; 33(1): 75-81.
Adirim TA, Wright JL, Chamberlain JM. “Injury Surveillance in a Pediatric Emergency Department.” The American Journal of Emergency Medicine 17(6): 499-503 (1999).
Adirim T and Smith E. Special Children’s Outreach and Prehospital Education (SCOPE). Jones and Bartlett, Textbook published September 2005, SCOPE Instructor’s Took Kit, August 2007
Adirim, TA: "Septic Arthritis" in Orenstein JB, Mayer T, and Klein BL (editors): PEDISTAT. CMC Research (Portland OR), 1998.
Adirim, TA: “Atopic Dermatitis” in Orenstein JB, Mayer T, and Klein BL (editors): PEDISTAT. CMC Research (Portland, OR), 1998.
Adirim, TA: “Minor ENT Procedures” in Hoestetler, M and Goepp, J (editors): Procedures for Primary Care Pediatricians. Mosby (St. Louis), 2000.
Adirim, TA and Fine, K: “Sports and Exercise in Children with Disabilities” in Batshaw, M (editor) Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition, 2003.
- Weiss-Kelly, A and Adirim, TA: “The Pediatric Athlete” in O’Connor, F, Sallis R, Wilder, and St. Pierre P (editors): Sports Medicine: Just the Facts, 2005, 2nd edition 2012.
Adirim, TA and Weiss-Kelly A: “The Pediatric Athlete” in O’Connor, F, Sallis R, Wilder, and St. Pierre P (editors): Sports Medicine: Board Review and Examination, 2005.
Evans, SH and Adirim
TA: “Exercise, Sports, and Recreation” in Batshaw, M (editor) Children with Disabilities, 6th Edition, 2007.
Adirim TA: “Evaluation and Management of Children with Special Health Care Needs” in Marks, Hockberger, and Walls (editors): Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, 7th Edition, 2009.
Adirim TA and Rosenman E: “The Developmentally or Physically Disabled Patient” in Marks, Hockberger, and Walls (editors): Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice, 8th Edition, 2013.
Adirim TA, Schonfeld D, and Shannon M: “Environmental Natural Disasters” in American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health; Edited by Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD, FAAP Handbook on Pediatric Environmental Health, 3rd Edition, 2011 and 4th Edition, 2019.
- McMarlin AJ, Weiss-Kelly A, and Adirim TA: “The Pediatric Athlete” in ACSM’s Sports Medicine: A Comprehensive Review, Francis G. O’Connor (editor), 2012.
- Chung S and Adirim TA: “Disaster Preparedness” in Schafermeyer, Tenenbein, Macias, Yamamoto, and Sharieff (Editors): Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 4th Edition, 2014.
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- EMSC/MCHB/HRSA Award #1H15MC00070-01 (1998-2000)(PI) “Emergency Medical Services and Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Model Program to Evaluate Current Systems and Propose Improvements”, EMSC/MCHB/HRSA Award #1H15MC00070-01
- EMSC/MCHB/HRSA Award # H34MC00070 (2000-2003) (PI) “Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Model Program to Improve Prehospital and Emergency Care”
- MCHB/HRSA/NHTSA Award # H33MC00167 (2000-2003) (Co-PI) Building Capacity for Pre-Hospital Pediatrics in the District of Columbia: Protocols, Continuing Education and Data Management,State Partnership Grant, Emergency Medical Services for Children,
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Award #322459 (2002-2003) (PI) “The Neuropsychological Sequelae of Heading in Soccer: A Pilot Study” New Investigator Awards for Unintentional, Violence, and Acute care, Disability and Rehabilitation-Related Prevention Research
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Award #CCU323352 (2003-2007) (Co-PI) Neuropsychological Assessment in Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMITTEES
- Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
- Executive Committee (elected), Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (2014-2020) Chair, Policy and Advocacy Committee
- Executive Member (appointed by Board), Committee on Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine (2016-2018)
- Member, Section of Emergency Medicine; Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness; Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
- Education Program Chair, Executive Committee, Section of Emergency Medicine (2004-2007)
- PEM PIX Reviewer, Pediatric Cases for Presentation at the Section of Emergency Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition (2007-2018)
- American Academy of Pediatrics, abstract reviewer, Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (2015- present)
- Member (Ex-Officio), Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council (2007-2010)
- Academic Pediatric Association
- Pediatric Academic Societies abstract reviewer, Prevention and Public Health Emergency Medicine, Quality Improvement, Health Services Research (2012- present)
- Academy Health
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
- 2002: Heroes Award, Innovation in Program/Project Development for Special Children’s Outreach and Prehospital Education, Emergency Medical Services for Children (MCHB/HRSA)
- 2003: Regional Finalist, White House Fellowship Program, Office of the President of the United States
- 2006: AAAS Fellow 2006-2007, Office of Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- 2008: DHS Secretary’s Team Award, Incident Coordination—Operations for medical decision support during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike
- 2011: Administrator’s Citation for Outstanding Group Performance for the ACA Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, HRSA, HHS
- 2011: Administrator’s Citation for Outstanding Group Performance for the HRSA’s American Indian/Alaska Native Workgroup, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS
- 2012: HRSA Administrator’s Time-Off Award in Recognition of Leadership of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.
- 2018: Elected into Beta Gamma Sigma –business schools national honors society.
- 2019: Leading for Impact: Women in Leadership Award (FedHealthIt.com October 2019)