From the dairy farm to the hospital; this general surgeon is perfectly suited to the area.
Updated: Mar 22
Physicians aren’t always the easiest people to interview.
They are often in a hurry or use jargon that’s hard to decipher.
But speaking with Dr. Ryan Adams is different; it’s easy.
And he wasn’t in a particular rush one weekday afternoon when we sat down to talk about his practice and what led him to become a general surgeon.
Dr. Adams grew up in rural agriculture communities in Utah and Northern California, something he believes prepared him for where he is today.
“I worked on my grandparents’ dairy farm in Utah during the summers and when I was in high school, I worked for a registered Holstein operation in Northern California,” Dr. Adams told Beneath the Surface News. “Growing up in an agricultural area really helped influence my decision to want to practice medicine in a more rural setting and smaller hospital.”
But science, he said, was his true passion and as he got a little older, he realized that interest would be well-suited for a career in the medical field.
“My philosophy as a rural surgeon is that I need to be able to provide a broad offering of services to my patients,” he said.
And that’s exactly what he does.
As a general surgeon, Dr. Adams performs everything from gall bladder surgery to hernia repair and operates on patients with colon and breast cancer.
He also performs skin grafting for those with skin cancer, something he sees quite frequently in farmers, ranchers and others working outdoors.
Today, Dr. Adams and his wife live in Hamilton where his primary office is located.
He also sees patients in Erath County every Wednesday at Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic.
To accommodate patients at both locations, he performs surgeries at Hamilton General Hospital as well as Texas Health Harris Stephenville.
“I will go where it’s most convenient for the patient,” he said.
And it’s that patient-focus belief that sets Dr. Adams apart from other physicians.
“If people want to feel like cattle running through the medical system, then they can go to places like Fort Worth or Dallas for their care,” he said. “The real value - and one of the things I really enjoy most - is that I have face-to-face conversations with every one of my patients.
“I get to know them and we establish a doctor/patient relationship that allows us to make the best decisions about their care.”
And that’s something you can’t find just anywhere.
You can reach Dr. Adams at his Hamilton office by calling 254-386-1524.