Health Care Leadership Awards 2011

HCLA 2011 – Surgeon

Honoree: David Adelson, M.D., FACS, FAAP, Medical Director, Children’s Neuroscience, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

David Adelson, Medical Director, Children's Neuroscience, Phoenix Children's HospitalAs director of the Children’s Neuroscience Institute (CNI) at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Dr. David Adelson’s day-to-day responsibilities are mainly clinical and include patient visits and surgeries. Adelson, however, also teaches medical students on a daily basis and lectures and teaches regularly around the U.S. and in other countries.

An internationally recognized neurosurgical and neuroscience expert specializing in head injury and epilepsy in children, Adelson was chosen to head the CNI at Phoenix Children’s in April 2009. He is also the division chief of neurosurgery at PCH. At the hospital and at the CNI, Adelson sees a variety of patients and performs numerous surgeries.

Adelson manages a staff of more than 50 medical professionals including neurosurgeons, neurologists, psychologists, neuro-psychologists, psychiatrists, research staff, research coordinators, research operation people, grant writers, a data coordinator, a statistician, nurse practitioners, administrators (clerical) and managers. In addition to his many duties, Adelson also is involved in numerous research projects, including researching oxidative lipidomics in pediatric traumatic brain injury.

Scott Petersen, Director of Trauma Services, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical CenterFinalist: Scott Petersen, MD, FACS, Director of Trauma Services, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Dr. Scott Petersen oversees the Valley’s busiest Level 1 Trauma Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which cares for approximately 700 patients per year with the most critical injuries, as well as managing and training 10 trauma surgeons. Aside from his impressive credentials, however, his expertise remains at the bedside in trauma, acute care surgery and critical care. He continues to be an advocate and leader for trauma patients at the city, state and national level.

While being an active leader and teacher at St. Joseph’s, Petersen also is a clinical professor of surgery at Creighton University Medical School, the Mayo Clinic and the University of Arizona.