Hoover Adger Jr., M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.

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  • Professor of Pediatrics


Adolescent Medicine, General Pediatrics, Pediatrics ...read more

Research Interests

Medical Education; Substance Abuse

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Johns Hopkins Pediatrics

Appointment Phone: 443-997-5437
200 N. Wolfe Street
Rubenstein Child Health Building
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: 410-955-2910 | Fax: 410-502-5440
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Dr. Hoover Adger Jr. is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include adolescent medicine, substance abuse and general pediatrics. Dr. Adger is the director of Adolescent Medicine in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, as well as the Director of the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Program.

Dr. Adger is the director of both the Substance Abuse Assessment/Intervention Team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Adolescent Program and the Johns Hopkins Substance Abuse Faculty Development Programs. He also serves as the faculty leader of the Colleges Advisory Program’s Sabin College.

He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed a pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and a fellowship in adolescent medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1984, at which time he completed a M.P.H. in health policy.

Dr. Adger served as deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1997 and 1998. He served from 1999-2005 as co-director of a federally funded strategic planning initiative, a role in which he advised the federal government and other entities about improving and expanding interdisciplinary education and training of health professionals in substance-use disorders.

His research interests include substance abuse and medical education.

Dr. Adger is a past president of both the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. He was recognized by Baltimore magazine as a Top Doctor in pediatrics in both 2013 and 2014.

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  • Professor of Pediatrics

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  • MD; Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1979)


  • Pediatrics; Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center (1982)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Addiction Medicine (Addiction Medicine) (2019)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics) (1986)

Additional Training

MPH: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (1989)

MBA: Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (2006)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Adger continues a five-year study of residents' knowledge, attitudes and skills in substance abuse. A major emphasis for him has been on building an infrastructure and funding base for a new program, “The Family Program for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse.”

Selected Publications

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Shlafer R, Hergenroeder AC, Jean Emans S, Rickert VI, Adger H Jr, Spear B, Irwin CE Jr, Kreipe RE, Walker LR, Resnick MD. “Adolescence as a critical stage in the MCH Life Course Model: commentary for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) interdisciplinary training program projects.” Matern Child Health J. 2014 Feb;18(2):462-6. doi: 10.1007/s10995-013-1243-8.

Adger H Jr, Saha S. “Alcohol use disorders in adolescents.” Pediatr Rev. 2013 Mar;34(3):103-13; quiz 114. doi: 10.1542/pir.34-3-103.

Bradley G, Adger H Jr, Splinter A, Leggett BD, Madan N, Marks M. “Index of suspicion.” Pediatr Rev. 2010 Mar;31(3):117-23. doi: 10.1542/pir.31-3-117.

Hoge MA, Paris M Jr, Adger H Jr, Collins FL Jr, Finn CV, Fricks L, Gill KJ, Haber J, Hansen M, Ida DJ, Kaplan L, Northey WF Jr, O'Connell MJ, Rosen AL, Taintor Z, Tondora J, Young AS. “Workforce competencies in behavioral health: an overview.” Adm Policy Ment Health. 2005 May-Jul;32(5-6):593-631.

Adger H Jr, Leff MK. “Substance use disorders in children and adolescents and the impact on children in families affected by substance use.” Subst Abus. 2002 Sep;23(3 Suppl):133-41.

Activities & Honors


  • Top Doctors Pediatric Specialties, Baltimore magazine, 2014
  • Top Doctors Pediatric Specialties, Baltimore magazine, 2013
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