Alex Valadka, M.D.

Alex Valadka, M.D.

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neurotrauma


Alex Valadka, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in neurotrauma and neurocritical care.

Dr. Valadka earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed a residency in neurological surgery at the Medical College of Virginia.

He is certified in neurosurgery by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and in neurocritical care by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the Committee on Accreditation of Subspecialty Training for the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2022.

Dr. Valadka is Chief of Neurological Surgery for the Parkland Health & Hospital System. Previously, he was Chair of Neurosurgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and, before that, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Seton Brain and Spine Institute in Austin.

He has served in numerous leadership roles in neurosurgery and neurotrauma, including as President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Chair of the Neurosurgical Specialty Group of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, and Chair of the Neurological/Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board. He lectures widely and serves as an editor and ad hoc reviewer for numerous academic journals.

His current research interests include improved diagnostics and management in the care of neurotrauma and critical care patients.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (1983-1987)
  • Internship - Medical College of Virginia (1987-1988), General Surgery
  • Residency - Medical College of Virginia (1988-1993), Neurological Surgery
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery
  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Mission Connect
  • National Neurotrauma Society
  • Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons
Honors & Awards
  • Semmes Lecturer 2020, Southern Neurosurgical Society
  • Farhat Lecturer 2019, University of Michigan
  • Inaugural Nicole E. Herman Lecturer 2016, Department of Surgery, University of Florida
  • Honored Guest 2016, Fiftieth Meeting of the Neurosurgical Society of the Virginias
  • Master Surgeon Lecturer 2013, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
  • Featured Guest Speaker 2012, Louisiana Neurosurgical Society 37th Annual Meeting
  • Inaugural J. Douglas Miller Lecturer 2011, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Distinguished Service Award 2010, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Richard C. Schneider Lecturer 2010, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Books & Publications
  • Neurocritical care
  • Neurotrauma

Clinical Focus

  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neurotrauma

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