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Ralph Cannon Professor of Surgery Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics; Chief, Section of Neurosurgery

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David M. Frim, MD, PhD

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.

Education

Harvard Medical School

Additional Education

  • Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship: Boston Children's Hospital

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons
  • Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Chicago Neurological Society
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI)
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
To Request an Appointment

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) - Hyde Park

Request an Appointment at Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) - Hyde Park or call UCM Connect at 1-888-824-0200

Comer Children's Hospital - Hyde Park

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NorthShore University HealthSystem - Evanston

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To Refer a Patient

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At a Glance

Practicing Since1994

Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • Hebrew
  • English