Tonya Adams, M.D.

Tonya Adams, M.D.

Board Certified in Gastroenterology 

Dr. Adams knew at an early age that she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare.  In high school she volunteered at a local hospital, and was later accepted into the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan.  After three years of Nursing School she decided to shift her interest to Medicine and changed her major to Biology/Pre-Med.  She excelled in Medical School, where she was awarded the Pathology Student Fellow Award and spent a year doing clinical research and student teaching.

During her Internal Medicine Residency at The Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, Dr. Adams found the intellectual and technical aspects of Gastroenterology appealing and decided to seek sub-specialty training in the field. She later completed Gastroenterology Fellowship training at Georgetown Medical Center during which time she served as the only trainee member on the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Committee on Membership Training.

Dr. Adams joined Gastro Health in 2002 and was named one of the area’s “Top Doctors” for Gastroenterology after only five years in clinical practice. In 2019, Dr. Adams earned four awards; she was peer nominated as a Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctor, Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctor, made the Arlington Magazine Best Doctors list and was also designated as a Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine. 

Previously, Dr. Adams has served on the Washington, D.C. Advisory Board of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, as well as served as the Chairperson of the ASGE’s Diversity Committee. She has presented to members of Congress on the importance of  funding support for colorectal cancer screening, moderated sessions at national Gastroenterology meetings and continues to be quite active in community education programs.  

Dedicated to helping women understand gender-specific digestive health issues and assisting all patients in preventing colon cancer, Dr. Adams presented “What everyone should know about Colon Cancer Screening” at the 2019 Women’s Health & Wellness Summit. Dr. Adams gave a thorough overview of screening guidelines and encourages anyone 45 years of age, or earlier if symptomatic, to get screened for colon cancer.

Dr. Adams is currently accepting TeleHealth and In-Office patients.    

Medical Degree: 
Medical College of Ohio
Johns Hopkins University
Georgetown Medical Center, Gastroenterology
Professional Memberships: 
American College of Gastroenterology
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
National Medical Association

Washington Top Doctor 2014Top Doctor Washington 2016Top Doctor Washington 2017Top Doctor Washington 2018Top Doctor Washington 2019Castle Connoley Top Doctors 20192019 Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctors

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