John L. Hudson, MD, PhD

Dr. Hudson, a board-certified neurosurgeon, is a Denver native who completed his undergraduate studies, medical school, and residency at University of Colorado. He also earned a PhD in neuroscience and pharmacology there. Dr. Hudson currently serves as Medical Director of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Anthony Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center. In addition, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the UC Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Hudson is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Hudson specializes in treating brain tumors, aneurysms, and arteriovenous malformations (AVM). He also provides expert spinal care, with a special emphasis in conditions involving the nervous system as well as spinal cord tumors.


Meet Dr. Hudson











Bachelor of Arts - University of Colorado - Boulder

PhD in Neuroscience and Pharmacology - University of Colorado - HSC

Doctor of Medicine - University of Colorado School of Medicine

Residency - University of Colorado - HSC


Professional Experience

Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Colorado - HSC

Director of Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit - St. Anthony Hospital


Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Congress of Neurological Surgeons

AANS/CNS Section on Tumors

AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care

Colorado Neurosurgical Society

Denver Medical Society



National Institute of Mental Health MD/PhD fellowship

University of Colorado Neuroscience Training Program MD/PhD fellowship

Academic Achievement Award

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Chairman of the Medical School Honor Council

Chairman of the International Aspen MD/PhD Student Conference organizing committee

Medical School Honor Council Representative



  1. 1. Zuch C, Hudson JL, et al: Beneficial effects of intraventricularly administered OP-1 following a striatal 6-hydroxydopamine lesion. Submitted Sept 2000.
  2. Shinoda M, Hudson JL, et al: Microglial cell responses to fetal ventral mesencephalic tissue grafting and to active and adoptive immunizations. Exp. Neurol. Oct 141(2): 173-180, 1996.
  3. Gerhardt GA, Cass WA, Hudson JL, et al: In Vivo Electrochemical Studies of Dopamine Overflow and Clearance in Normal and MPTP-Lesioned Striatum of Rhesus Monkeys. J Neurocbem. 66(2): 579-588, 1996.
  4. Shinoda M, Hudson JL, et al: Allogeneic grafts of fetal dopamine neurons: immunological reactions following active and adoptive immunizations. Brain Res 680(1-2): 180-195, May 22, 1995. 
  5. Hudson JL, Granholm AC, Gerhardt GA, et al: Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Augments Midbrain Doparninergic Circuits in vivo. Brain Res Bull 36(5): 425-432, 1995. 
  6. Adams CE, Hoffman AF, Hudson JL, et al: Chronic Treatment with Levodopa and/or Selegiline does not Affect Behavioral Recovery Induced by Fetal Ventral Mesencephalic Grafts in Unilaterally 6-hydroxydopamine-Jesioned Rats. Exp Neurol 130(2): 261-268, Dec 1994. 
  7. Hoffer BJ, Hoffinan AF, Bowenkamp KE, Hudson JL, et al: Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Reverses Toxin-induced Injury to Midbrain Dopaminergic Neurons in vivo. Neurosci Lett 182(1): 107-111, Nov 21, 1994. 
  8. Hudson JL, Fong CS, Boyson SJ, et al: Conditioned Apomorphine-Induced Turning in 6-OHDA-Lesioned Rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 49(1):147-154, 1994. 
  9. Hudson JL, Hoffman AF, Stromberg I, et al: Allogeneic Grafts of Fetal Dopamine Neurons: Behavioral Indices of Immunological Interactions. Neurosci Lett 171 :32-36, 1994. 
  10. Hudson JL, Bickford P, Johansson M, et al: Target and Neurotransmitter Specificity of Fetal Central Nervous System Transplants: Importance for Functional Reinnervation. J Neurosci 14(1):283-290, 1994. 
  11. Hudson JL, Levin DR, Hoffer BJ: A Sixteen-channel Automated Rotometer System for Reliable Measurement of Turning Behavior in 6-hydroxydopamine Lesioned and Transplanted Rats. Cell Transplantation 2:507-514, 1993. 
  12. Hudson JL, van Horne CG, Stromberg I, et al: Correlation of Apomorphine-and Amphetamine-induced Turning with Nigrostriatal Dopamine content in Unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine Lesioned rats. Brain Res 626:167-174, 1993.
  13. Palmer MR, Henschen A, Trok K, Hudson, JL, et al: Functional innervation of spinal cord tissue by fetal
    neocortical grafts in oculo: an electrophysiological study. Exp Brain Res 87:96-107, 1991.


Book Chapters

  1. Hudson JL, Elliott J: Moyamoya Disease, in Neurobase Electronic Textbook. Arbor Puplishing, La Jolla, CA, 2000.
  2. Stromberg I, Bickford P, Hudson JL, et al: Target-Specific Outgrowth from Grafted Dopaminergic Neurons, in Fuxe K, Agnati LF, Bjelke B, et al (eds): Trophic Regulation of the Basal Ganglia. Pergamon:567-579, 1994. 



  1. Novel dural incisor -patent application pending.