J. Adair Prall, MD, FAANS, FACS

Dr. Prall is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is experienced in all types of cranial and spinal surgery, and is nationally renowned for his expertise in vascular compression syndromes, including trigeminal neuralgia.

Dr. Prall earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from The University of Cincinnati. He currently holds an appointment as a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and serves as Director of Neurotrauma at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colorado.


Meet Dr. Prall



Bachelor of Arts - Princeton University

Doctor of Medicine - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Internship in General Surgery - University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Resident in Neurological Surgery - University of Colorado Health Science Center


Professional Experience

Partner - NeurosurgeryOne (Littleton, CO)

Partner - InterMountain Neurosurgery and Neuroscience (Denver, CO)  

Clinical Professor - University of Colorado, Department of Neurosurgery (Denver, CO)


Licensure/Board Certification

Colorado Medical License 1997- Present  

National Board of Medical Examiners Parts I, II, primary exams passed 1989, 1991

American Board of Neurological Surgery Board eligibility, primary written exam 1996

American Board of Neurological Surgery Board certification, primary oral exam 2001

American Board of Neurological Surgery participation in Maintenance of Certification 2010



Congress of Neurological Surgeons (active member)

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (fellow)

Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (delegate, Colorado)

American College of Surgery (fellow)

Colorado Neurosurgical Society (active member)

Western Neurosurgical Society (active member)


Positions Held

Chair, Guidelines Committee, Joint Section of Trauma and Critical Care (2019-present)

Co-Vice-Chair, AANS/CNS Joint Guidelines Review Committee (2018-present)

CME Committee, Western Neurosurgical Society (2019-2020)

Scientific Program Subcommittee, AANS Annual Meeting Committee (2019-present)

Chair, Committee on Neurotrauma and Emergency Neurosurgery, Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (2013-2019)

Regional Director, SW Quadrant, AANS Board of Directors (2011-2014)

CSNS/Trauma Liaison, AANS/CNS Joint Guidelines Committee (2006-2018)

Chair, Southwest Quadrant, Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (2007-2010)

President, Colorado Neurosurgical Society (2006-2008)                                

Director of Neurosurgery, Littleton Adventist Hospital (2005-2012)

Member, Board of Directors, Donor Alliance, Denver, Colorado (2004-2016)

Director of Neurotrauma, Littleton Adventist Hospital (2004-2010)

CSNS Liaison, Joint Section of Trauma and Critical Care (2004-2019)

Vice-Chair, Committee on Neurotrauma, Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (2004-2013)

Vice-President, Colorado Neurosurgical Society (2004-2006)

Vice-Chair, Southwest Quadrant, Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (2004-2007)           

Secretary/Treasurer, Colorado Neurosurgical Society (2001-2004)

Membership Committee, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society (1999-2000)



Alpha Omega Alpha (Junior Class, 1989)


Peer Reviewed Publications

Prall JA, Nichols JS, Brennan R, et al: Early Definitive Abdominal Evaluation in the Triage of Unconscious Normotensive Blunt Trauma Patients. J Trauma 37:792- 797, 1994

Prall JA, Munro L, Nichols JS: Elevated Intracranial Pressure Masks Hemorrhagic Hypotension in a Canine Model. J Trauma 38:776-779, 1995

Prall JA, Lloyd G, Breeze RE: Traumatic Brain Injury Associated with an Intradiploic Epidermoid Cyst: A Case Report. Neurosurgery 37:523-525, 1995

Prall JA, Breeze RE: Rhabdomyolysis and Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Report. J Trauma 39:802-804, 1995

Prall JA, Ken R. Winston, Regina Brennan: Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries in Downhill Skiers. J Trauma 39:1115-1118, 1995

Prall JA, Winston KR, Brennan R: Snowboarder Injuries: A Review of 28 Cases. Injury 26:539-542, 1995

Weber L, Prall JA, Goodman P, Nichols JS: Adverse Effects of Albuterol Sulfate on Intracranial Pressure in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries. Owen H. Wangensteen Surgical Forum 46:187, 1995 

Prall JA, McGavran L, Greffe BS, Partington MD: Intracranial Malignant Germ Cell Tumor and Klinefelter's Syndrome: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Ped Neurosurg 23:219-224, 1995

Chambers J, Cohen SS, Hemminger L, Prall JA, Nichols JS: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Low Risk Trauma Patients. J Trauma 41:976-980, 1996

Nichols JS, Elger C, Hemminger L, Prall JA, Shaver K, Brennan R, Whitaker JB: Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Utilization in the Management of Central Nervous System Trauma. J Trauma 42, 1997

Bernstein SM, Coldwell DM, Prall JA, Brega KE: Treatment of Traumatic Carotid Pseudoaneurysm with Endovascular Stent Placement. J Vasc Interv Radiol 8:1065-1068, 1997

Prall JA, Brega KE, Coldwell DM, Breeze RE: Incidence of Unsuspected Blunt Carotid Artery Injury. Neurosurgery 42:495-499,1998

Prall JA, Sherman M, Cloughen C, Henderson J: Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia with Leksell Gamma Knife: Early Results. Radiosurgery 3:270-273, 1999

Dhaliwal JS, Seibold LK, Kleinschmidt-Demasters BK, Lillehei KO, Hink EM, Prall JA, Durairai VD: Orbital Invasion by ACTH-Secreting Pituitary tumors. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 May 2. [Epub ahead of print]

Hauptman JS, Prall JA, Timmons S, Benzil D: The Impact of Closed ICUs on Neurosurgical Practice: AANS Neurosurgeon 2016 March

Shetty VS, Reis M, Aulino JM, Beger KL, Broder J, Choudhri AF, Kendi AT, Kessler MM, Kirsch CF, Luttrull MD, Mechtler LL, Prall JA, Raksin PB, Roth CJ, Sharma A, West OC, Wintermark M, Cornelius RS, Bykowski J:ACR Appropriateness Criteria Head Trauma J Am Coll Radiol 2016;13:668-679

Attenello FJ, Buchanan IA, Wen T, Donoho DA, McCartney S, Cen SY, Khalessi AA, Cohen-Gadol AA, Cheng JS, Mack WJ, Schirmer CM, Swartz KR, Prall JA, Stroink AR, Giannotta SL, and Klimo Jr. P: Factors associated with burnout among US neurosurgery residents: a nationwide survey Journal of Neurosurgery, Ahead of Print : 2018; 1-15

Babu MA, Stroink AR, Timmons SD, Orrico KO, Prall JA: Neurosurgical Coverage for Emergency and Trauma Call Neurosurgery, 2018, 0:1-8

Prall JA: Commentary: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Roles of Prophylactic Anticonvulsants in the Treatment of Adults With Metastatic Brain Tumors Neurosurg. 2019, 84:3, E198

Prall JA: Commentary: Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guidelines on the Role of Steroids in the Treatment of Adults With Metastatic Brain Tumors Neurosurg. 2019 84:3, E192


Book Chapters 

Prall JA, Partington MD: Epidemiology of Neural Tube Defects, in JG McComb(ed) Neural Tube Defects. AANS Publications,1998.