Terry Adirim is the director of the Office of Special Health Affairs (OSHA) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Previously she worked in various capacities in the Office of Health Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as medical advisor, acting Associate Chief Medical Officer and Senior Advisor for Science and Public Health. While at DHS, she also served as the vice-chair of the FEMA Children’s Work Group which focused on incorporating the needs of children and families in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Adirim was associate professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine and director of Emergency Medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. From 1997 to 2004, she was associate professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and attending physician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Dr. Adirim received her B.A. degree from Brandeis University, her medical degree with research distinction from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and her master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s National Medical Center and primary care sports medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Adirim continues to practice emergency medicine in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland.