World-Class Care (and Now, Training) in Pediatric Neurosurgery


P. David Adelson, MD
Director, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital
Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery at Barrow at Phoenix Children's
Director, Brachial Plexus and Peripheral Nerve Clinic at Barrow at Phoenix Children's

We are extremely proud and honored to be named the first and only international training center for pediatric neurosurgery in the United States by the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies.

The program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is uniquely qualified to provide premier education in the area of pediatric neurosurgery as it is one of the largest free-standing children’s hospitals in the United States with access to large volumes of patients, the latest technologies for advanced neurosurgical care, multiple research programs in both clinical as well as translational laboratory, and numerous residency and fellowship training programs. Additionally, through our alliance with St. Joseph’s Hospital, we have access to numerous opportunities for educational experience at the adult Barrow facility.

This designation by the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies as a Collaborative Center represents for us here at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital, the recognition of the world class care that we provide in pediatric neurosurgery. Neurosurgeons from around the world will come here to Phoenix, Arizona because of their interest to visit and spend time to learn how to provide state-of-the-art care for children with neurosurgical problems from the best. Local patients and their families should know that because this is a global destination for complex pediatric neurosurgical care, they can take comfort that the best is right here in their own community.

Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital values the importance of education especially to increasing the availability of education to developing countries. We have previously had clinical and research observers and fellows from around the world including Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. During fellow’s visits they will be able to observe the most complex neurosurgical procedures performed in our dedicated neurosurgery operating suites on a daily basis, participate in daily film review teaching rounds, as well as attend weekly Neurosurgery Clinical Conferences and Neurosurgery/Neurology Grand Rounds.

In addition, we host a variety of Neuroscience Lectures and Conferences throughout the year they would be able to attend, based on what is offered during the time of their visit. Fellows will also have access to the adult program at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital for surgical/clinical opportunities as well as didactic conferences. If of interest, the fellow will have full library access both in house and by computer to the University of Arizona online system for accessing neuroscience and other medical journals as part of their learning about clinical or research topics. Computer access is available for research and writing with compatible document and spreadsheet analytic software.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has consistently met and exceeded the national ranking in standard of care for its patients. We are a multi-disciplinary hospital with more than 25 medical specialties housed within the hospital enabling efficient in-house consultation services, dedicated floor with over 20 beds for neurosurgical patients, cutting edge radiology equipment and neuroradiology team, and a pediatric critical care unit with trained neuro-critical care physicians. We have two dedicated neurosurgical operating rooms, which are fully equipped with the latest in neuro-surgical specialty equipment. We have a dedicated neurosurgical nursing team in each operating room as well as specialty trained nursing staff both inpatient and outpatient settings. Neurophysiologic diagnostic equipment, including EEG, EMG, ICP is also available.

Once again, we are very proud of this designation as we are definitely in elite company! Take a look at the other WFNS training centers.

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