P. David Adelson MD, FACS, FAAP, is the director of Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Phoenix Children's Hospital and holds the Diane and Bruce Halle Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosciences. He is a Professor of Neurosurgery/ Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, Professor of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.
Dr. Adelson is a nationally and internationally-recognized expert in the area of pediatric traumatic brain injury, particularly in the acute clinical management of these injured children as well as in the neural recovery and plasticity of the developing brain spinal cord, and peripheral nerve following injury. With active basic science laboratory as well as clinical research programs in areas of traumatic brain injury, brachial plexus injury, Chiari malformations, and brain machine interfaces, Dr. Adelson remains at the forefront of pediatric neuroscience care and discovery.
He promotes national and international education by lecturing on numerous topics in pediatric neurosurgery and neuroscience. He most recently won the Herbert Olivecrona Award from the Karolinska Institutet for his work in pediatric neurosurgery and neural injury. Dr. Adelson is the first pediatric neurosurgeon to have received this honor that is considered by some to be the “Nobel Prize for Neurosurgery."
He has authored over 200 publications in refereed journals, 40 book chapters, and edited eight books including the well-regarded Principles and Practice of Pediatric Neurosurgery, the authoritative textbook in the field of pediatric neurosurgery. Dr. Adelson is prominent in promoting national and international education lecturing on numerous topics in pediatric neurosurgery and neuroscience.
Dr. Adelson practices all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery with specific pediatric specialization in surgical epilepsy, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injuries, chiari malformations and syringomyelia, neurocritical care, brain tumors, and vascular malformations including AVMs, Moyamoya syndrome and cavernous malformations.
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In his free time, Dr. Adelson enjoys spending time with his family, reading and playing golf. Read Dr. Adelson's complete personal bio.