David Frim, MD, PhD

Professor of Surgery, Neurology and Pediatrics

David Frim

David M. Frim, MD, PhD, is an internationally recognized clinical neurosurgeon and neurosciences researcher who specializes in the care of children and adults with congenital neurosurgical problems. In addition, his clinical interests extend to the treatment of brain and spine tumors, epilepsy, and pediatric spine disorders. His innovative approaches to hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and myelodysplasia/tethered cord syndrome attract patient referrals from national and international sources.

Dr. Frim performs the following neurosurgical procedures with expertise whether treating problems that are simple or complex:

  • Craniotomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Skull base surgery
  • Spinal cord untethering
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Hydrocephalus shunting
  • Pediatric disc removal or spinal fusion

Dr. Frim has built a large, well-respected clinical practice that encompasses all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery with an added emphasis on adults with “pediatric” or congenital problems. In addition, he has developed expertise in brain and spine tumors (especially tumors associated with genetic syndromes such as neurofibromatosis with acoustic neuroma), endoscopic and stereotactic brain surgery and surgical epilepsy.

An active medical researcher and educator, Dr. Frim serves as principal investigator on laboratory and clinical studies related to brain injury, intracranial pressure dynamics, and cognitive outcome after treatment of hydrocephalus and
Chiari syndrome. He has received support from the National Institutes of Health and other sources for these projects. Dr. Frim has also served as Residency Program Training Director in neurosurgery at the University of Chicago and maintains a busy schedule of lectures and educational presentations on neurosurgical topics.

Practice Locations
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago Specialty Suite
at NorthShore University HealthSystem
1000 Central Street
Suite 800
Evanston, IL 60201

Year Started Practice

Board Certifications
Neurological Surgery
Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Medical School
Harvard Medical School

Internship and Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Children's Hospital, Boston

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
Chicago Neurological Society
Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons
Society of Neurological Surgeons

Languages Spoken