ALBANY, Ga. — Former Albany mayor and ob-gyn physician Dr. Willie Adams is teaming with Albany State University’s College of Sciences and Health Professions, signing a memorandum of understanding recently with the university to serve as a professor in the department.
Adams will be a guest lecturer in health-related courses; provide class-based demonstrations of medical procedures; advise faculty about student performance during clinical, practicum and experiential learning opportunities at medical facilities; mentor undergraduate and graduates students, and work collaboratively with area hospitals, opening the door to off-site lectures and physician shadowing.
The job is a volunteer position that pays a symbolic $1 annually.
“I am deeply honored to have an opportunity to train the next generation of health care providers at this stage in my career,” said Adams, who was mayor of Albany from 2004 to 2012.
Adams has practiced medicine in Albany for nearly 25 years and remains actively involved in community and civic affairs. He is a member of the Diplomat American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Governor’s Council of Maternal and Infant Care, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Georgia Medical Society. As an officer in the medical corps of the U. S. Army Reserve, Adams provided aid to military personnel for more than 20 years.
The Florida A&M University and Meharry Medical College graduate joined the United States Army as a 2nd lieutenant and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
“The boost that our nursing program has received by this partnership is immeasurable,” ASU President Everette J. Freeman said. “Dr. Adams’ educational training and 40-year professional track record will be put to good use by our faculty and students, which will distinguish our program statewide and nationally.”
A staunch advocate for ASU’s nursing program, Adams will continue to serve as a member of the advisory board providing input about current trends, patient treatment and medical content updates. ASU has the only nursing program among public historically black colleges and universities in Georgia.