Evan Adams

Chief Medical Officer

First Nations Health Authority

Evan Adams

Chief Medical Officer

First Nations Health Authority

Biography

Dr. Evan Adams is of Sliammon First Nation ancestry and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for
the First Nations Health Authority. In his role as CMO, Dr. Adams provides invaluable leadership representing the FNHA. He works closely with government partners on population and public health matters that affect First Nations and all British Columbians.

Prior to working with the FNHA, Dr. Adams was appointed as Deputy Provincial Health Officer
and worked alongside Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Perry Kendall and Deputy PHO Dr. Eric
Young. In this role, he provided independent direction on First Nations and Aboriginal health
issues to the Ministry of Health. He also reported to citizens on health issues affecting the
general population and set out a path for the improvement of First Nations and Aboriginal
health and wellness.

Dr. Adams leads a team of FNHA physicians—health and wellness partners to BC First
Nations—who focus on First Nations health and wellness with the aim of creatinga unique
health care model that will be the first of its kind in Canada. He contributes to the continued
transformation of health care and responds to the wellness directives provided by First Nations
communities.

Dr. Adams completed his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Calgary, his Aboriginal
Family Practice residency at St Paul’s Hospital/UBC (as Chief Resident), a Masters of Public
Health from Johns Hopkins University, and served as the Director of UBC’s Division of Aboriginal
Peoples Health.

Dr. Adams likes to keep his family close, including his five sons and step-daughter, and honours
his family. He is a marathon runner and is beginning to add swimming to his wellness
plans. Dr. Adams is notable for his acting role in the movie “Smoke Signals”; he truly enjoys the
arts.