Daniel Adair, MD, founding physician and co-medical director of Memorial Medical Center’s SportsCare, passed away Sept. 7, 2015, following a heart attack he suffered at home.
The Dan Adair, MD, Memorial Triathlon was created in memory of Dr. Adair, whose passion for fitness was an inspiration to many. We can each help Dr. Adair’s legacy carry forward by living the way he lived – with passion for his work, love for his family and commitment to his community.
Dr. Adair had more than 30 years of experience in the medical field, including more than 25 years in the field of sports medicine. He was appointed to Memorial’s medical staff in 1983. During his tenure, he led several orthopedic quality improvement initiatives and his passion to improve the quality of care provided was ever present.
A board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Springfield Clinic, he was elected by his peers to serve as a member of Memorial’s Medical Executive Committee in 2005 and 2006 and had been serving as the hospital’s program director of orthopedic services since 2011. He had been an assistant professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine since 1983.
Dr. Adair served as team physician for college and professional teams and had made numerous presentations across the country on various sports medicine topics. A longtime athlete himself, he completed the Ironman Florida in 2005 and Ironman Couer d’Alene in 2007.
He was a member of the American Medical Association, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and American College of Sports Medicine.
He earned his medical degree from SIU Medical School of Medicine and received his bachelor of arts from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.