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Phoenix Children’s Chief Neurosurgeon Wins Prestigious International Award
P. David Adelson, MD

The director of Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the recipient of a prestigious international award for his work in neurosurgery.

P. David Adelson, MD, FACS, FAAP, chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Barrow at Phoenix Children’s and Diane and Bruce Halle Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosciences, was chosen for the 2016 Herbert Olivecrona Award by the Department of Clinical Neuroscience/Neurosurgery at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Adelson was chosen for his clinical and research contributions to the field of pediatric traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Adelson is being recognized for this prestigious award because of his extensive and significant work in the area of pediatric neuroscience research, and in particular, pediatric traumatic brain injury.

He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, books and book chapters, the majority on the subject of traumatic brain injury in children. As part of the only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Arizona, Dr. Adelson oversees and personally provides emergency neurosurgical care to patients who have suffered neurotrauma, including brain and spine injuries.

As a recognized expert in pediatric trauma care, Dr. Adelson was invited in May 2016 to Washington D.C. to participate in a panel discussion before a U.S. Congressional subcommittee about the need for adequate pediatric trauma care.

Since 1976, the Olivecrona Award has recognized outstanding neurosurgeons and neuroscientists who have contributed with excellence to the neurosurgical field, based on development of microsurgical techniques, pedagogical skills or scientific contributions.

Dr. Adelson will accept the award on Dec. 15 at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

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