Adler David

David E Adler, MD


  • Specialty: Neurological Surgery
  • Sub Specialties: Neuro-Oncology, Neuro-Trauma, Complex and Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Clinical Interests: Brain & Spine Tumors, Cervical Fracture / Instability, Herniated Disc, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Lumbar Fracture / Instability, Malignant Gliomas, Meningiomas, Metastatic Tumors, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Novalis Shaped Beam Surgery, Pituitary Tumors, Schwannomas, Sciatica, Spinal Surgery, Spine Instability, Thoracic Fracture / Instability
  • Languages: English, Dutch, Hindi
  • Gender: Male


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. He is part of the trauma team there.

Education and Certification

  • Medical School: SUNY, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York
  • Residency: SUNY, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York
  • Fellowship: SUNY, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York

Personal Interests

Playing the Piano

Contact Information

  • Practice Name: Columbia Neurosurgical Associates

Office Locations

  1. Primary Address
    Columbia Neurosurgical Associates
    • 1040 NW 22nd Ave, Suite 630
    • Portland, OR, 97210
    • Phone: 503 796-2743
    • Fax: 503 796-2742
    • Clinic Hours:
    • Mon - Fri
  2. Secondary Address
    Legacy Trauma and Neurotrauma Clinic
    • 300 N Graham, suite 125
    • Portland, OR, 97227
    • Phone: 503 413-3714
    • Fax: 503 413-2061
    • Clinic Hours:
    • Mon - Fri

Hospital Locations

  1. Primary Address
    Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center
    • 1015 NW 22nd Ave.
    • Portland, OR, 97210
    • Phone: 503-413-7711
    • Toll-Free: 1-800-733-9959