It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our esteemed colleague, Ada Adimora, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine and professor of epidemiology. Dr. Adimora, a brilliant and compassionate physician scientist, left an indelible mark on our department and the broader medical community.
A true pioneer, Dr. Adimora made history as the first African American woman in our department to achieve tenure. With over 25 years of clinical experience, she dedicated her career to treating patients with HIV disease and investigating the epidemiology of HIV and STIs. Her groundbreaking work shed light on the epidemiology of heterosexual HIV transmission among African Americans, emphasizing the role of sexual network patterns and addressing the impact of macroeconomic and social forces on racial disparities in the US HIV epidemic.
In 2019, Dr. Adimora was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, a testament to her exceptional intellect and commitment to advancing healthcare. Her leadership extended to numerous state and national positions, including roles in the NC Department of Health Communicable Disease Control Section, NIH Prevention Trials Network, The HIV Medicine Association, and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Panel. She also served on prestigious advisory councils such as the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council.
Notably, Dr. Adimora’s tireless efforts did not stop with her research and leadership roles. Despite her demanding schedule, she generously gave her time to mentor and advise countless students, trainees, and junior faculty. This commitment to nurturing the next generation of healthcare professionals reflects her deep passion for education and mentorship.
Dr. Adimora will be profoundly missed, and her legacy will continue to inspire.
The funeral service for Dr. Ada Adimora will be held on Monday, January 8 at 12 pm at:
World Overcomers Christian Church (main sanctuary)
2933 S. Miami Blvd
Durham, NC 27703
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that you consider donations in Ada’s honor to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
The service will be live streamed on the church’s website for friends, colleagues and family who are unable to attend: https://www.youtube.com/@worldovercomersdurham/streams
A larger celebration of Ada’s life will be planned for Spring 2024.
(Published by the UNC Department of Medicine)