Network of Physicians

Neurosurgery / Spine Surgery

David E. Adler, M.D.

David Adler, M.D.
Columbia Neurosurgical Associates, LLC
1040 NW 22nd Avenue, Suite 630
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 796-2743


Dr. Adler has been in Portland since 1999, after having spent three years as a faculty member at State University of New York in Brooklyn. He is now in private practice with focus on the neurosurgical treatment of brain tumors as well as the minimally invasive treatment of spine tumors, both primary and metastatic. Other areas of interest include neurocritical care as it applies to brain and spinal cord injury, and the application of multimodal monitoring for critically ill neurosurgical patients. In measuring brain oxygen, blood flow, brain glucose and other metabolites, the technique of cerebral microdialysis has become a mainstay in helping improve the outcome of his patients.

Dr. Adler is co-investigator in two international multicenter phase III clinical trials for traumatic brain injury, and one multicenter phase III clinical trial for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme. To help preserve neurologic function Dr. Adler performs awake brain surgery, uses intra-operative CT scanning and uses stealth guidance and MR tract imaging techniques for tumor removal.

The treatment of degenerative spine disease using fusion procedures and artificial disc implantation and the treatment of spinal fractures is also part of his practice. The application of minimally invasive approaches to the spine and brain in his practice has resulted in faster healing times, shorter hospital stays and rapid recovery times from surgery. Additionally, Dr. Adler regularly performs peripheral nerve surgery such as ulnar and median nerve releases for entrapment syndromes.

Dr. Adler performs most of his surgeries at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he is part of the trauma team.


Languages: English, Spanish

Clinical Interests: Brain & Spine Tumors, Cervical Fracture, Herniated Disc, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Lumbar Fracture, Malignant Gliomas, Meningiomas, Metastatic Tumors, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery, Pituitary Tumors, Schwannomas, Sciatica, Spinal Surgery, Spine Instability, Thoracic Fracture


Neurological Surgery


Complex and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Medical School

SUNY Health Science Center - Brooklyn, NY


SUNY Health Science Center - Brooklyn, NY


SUNY Health Science Center - Brooklyn, NY

Research and Resources

Traumatic Brain Injury: Advanced Multimodal Neuromonitoring From Theory to Clinical Practice

Found in: Publications

Implementation of cerebral microdialysis at a community-based hospital: A 5-year retrospective analysis

Found in: Publications


Neurotrauma Surgery can be divided into three major categories:  traumatic brain injury, spinal and spinal cord injury, and peripheral nerve injury.

Head and central nervous system injuries can be critical to the survival and continued life function of the trauma patient.  

The major focus in the management of acute closed head injury is the prevention of secondary injuries and the preservation of neurological functions not damaged by the primary injury.