Pediatric Neurosurgery Team | P. David Adelson, MD, Director

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.

Present Position and Title

  • Director, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
  • Diane and Bruce Halle Endowed Chair for Pediatric Neurosciences
  • Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery/Children’s Neurosciences
  • Professor and Chief, Neurological Surgery, Department of Child Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix 
  • Professor, Neurological Surgery, Mayo Clinic
  • Adjunct Professor, Ira A. Fulton School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship Program (Director), Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital

 Publications:

Select Awards:

  • 2016 Herbert Olivecrona Award, Karolinska Institutet
  • The Best Doctors in America
  •  Young Investigator Award
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Investigation Award

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
  •  Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
  • Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS)
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • Hydrocephalus Association
  • International Neurotrauma Society
  • International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Society of University Neurosurgeons
  • American Medical Association 
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • National Trauma Institute, Board of Directors Charter Member;
  • World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies 
  • Arizona Neurosurgical Society
  • Arizona Pediatric Association

Academic Affiliations

  • Director, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Clinical Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, Department of Child Health
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
  • Affiliate Research Faculty, Arizona Emergency Medicine research Center, University of Arizona Tucson 

Interests and Hobbies

In his free time, Dr. Adelson enjoys spending time with his family, reading and playing golf. Read Dr. Adelson's complete personal bio.

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