Research Faculty | P. David Adelson, MD | Clinical Research

P.David AdelsonMD, FACS, FAAP, is the director of Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the chief of pediatric neurosurgery. He is on faculty at the University of Arizona - College of Medicine and Arizona State University. He was previously the A. Leland Albright Professor of Neurosurgery/Pediatric Neurosurgery and vice chairman for research with the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh prior to moving to Phoenix in 2008.

Dr. Adelson received his BA and MD from Columbia University and completed his neurosurgical residency at UCLA in 1993, followed by a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Boston and Harvard Medical School. He finished in 1994 before joining the faculty in Pittsburgh. Dr. Adelson is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the area of pediatric brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve injury, particularly the acute clinical management of traumatically brain injured children as well as in the areas of neural recovery and plasticity of the developing brain following injury.

He continues to run active basic science laboratory along with clinical research programs, most recently leading the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-Funded Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Consortium through both Phase II and Phase III clinical trials on hypothermia following severe traumatic brain injury in children.

He has been the recipient of multiple awards, including The Best Doctors in America (top 1 percent), Surgeon of the Year (Phoenix) and Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Investigation Award, to name but a few.

His research has resulted in his authoring more than 145 publications in referred journals, 36 book chapters and has edited 8 books including the well-regarded “Principles and Practice of Pediatric Neurosurgery,” the authoritative textbook in the field of pediatric neurosurgery, now in revision for its third edition.



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