He comes to PPOA after eleven years at Laser Spine Institute (LSI), where he helped more than 9,000 patients find pain relief using minimally invasive and laser spine techniques.
A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Dr. Prada earned in a combined six-year program his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and his medical degree from Albany Medical College.
He served in the United States Navy, alternating military service with his medical education. He completed his internship in General Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. After this he served two years as a Navy physician with the Marines. He deployed with the 6th Marine Regiment to the Mediterranean for 6 months, then went on to his residency in Orthopedics at the University of Arkansas. Later, he completed his Navy career at Naval Hospital Jacksonville.
While in the military, he earned a Joint Meritorious Unit Award and other decorations.
Dr. Prada began incorporating minimally invasive surgical techniques in sports medicine and anterior hip replacements while serving in the military, and later in private practice in Tennessee.
“It’s muscle-sparing, so the patient experiences less pain and a shorter recovery time,” Dr. Prada says. “It truly is miraculous, and the laser is a valuable tool in many of these procedures.”
In 2008 he moved to Florida and immersed himself in the emerging field of laser-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Prada is a fellow of the America Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, North American Spine Society and the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
He is a sought-after speaker about minimally invasive techniques and has contributed to many medical publications.
In his spare time, Dr. Prada, his wife and their three children enjoy water sports, travel and fitness. He also enjoys attending his children’s sporting events.