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Adam Pearson, MD, MS

Medical Training
Yale University School of Medicine

Dartmouth College, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Hanover, NH

Fellowship Training
Rothman Institute/Thomas Jefferson University, Spine Surgery

Adult spine surgery

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock since 2011

Meet Your Doctor

What led you to work in health care?
I enjoyed studying science and doing research but also wanted to work with patients directly, so working as a physician in an academic medical center was a natural choice.

What about your line of work do you find most rewarding and why?
There is nothing more satisfying than being able to treat a patient with either surgery or non-operative treatments and watch their pain and function improve.

In your opinion, what is the most important factor in your relationship with patients?
I find that the most important aspect of having a good relationship with my patients is being able to spend the time to explain their problem in ways that they understand as well as to be able to have an evidence-based discussion about their likely outcomes with different treatments.

What are your top priorities for every patient you see?
I want all my patients to feel as though they understand what is causing their problem and that they generally have a variety of treatment options for it.

Patient Stories

Dr. Pearson informed that the pain/symptoms were no longer present. Therefore, he told me surgery was not necessary and, in fact, would cause me more harm to have it. He also told me I'd have an equal chance of herniating the damaged disc again whether I had surgery or not, so why have it!

Dr. Pearson was good about showing certain aspects of the MRI results and the growth between my shoulders. His professionalism was good and I appreciated his honesty about what to expect in the future.

Most doctors seem rushed these days but I found Dr. Pearson to be very patient in taking the time to answer all my questions. I felt like he listened and cared. I really appreciate this.

Dr. Pearson gave me a more thorough explanation of my condition compared to inquiries elsewhere.