Francesco Prada, MD, is currently serving as special advisor to the Foundation's Brain Program. He also holds a faculty appointment at the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to serving as special advisor, in 2018 Dr. Prada had a one year appointment as the Director of the Brain Program at the Foundation where he oversaw and conducted clinical and pre-clinical research in the field of focused ultrasound. In 2017, he received the Foundation's Richard Merkin Fellowship.
Dr. Prada is also the staff neurosurgeon for the Department of Neurosurgery at the Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico C.Besta in Milan, Italy, where he conducts clinical practice, mainly focusing in skull base/pituitary surgery and neuro-oncology, and research, studying intra-operative applications of ultrasound for the treatment of cerebral and spinal tumor and vascular lesions and advanced ultrasound techniques such as Fusion Imaging for Virtual Navigation, contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and elastosonography.