David M. Frim, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Chief, Section of Neurosurgery
Dr. Frim has performed hundreds of complex neurosurgical procedures on infants and children. He also provides neurosurgical care for adults, particularly for individuals who have congenital diseases. Dr. Frim has developed expertise in a variety of minimally invasive, stereotactic, and neuro-endoscopic techniques to approach complex lesions of the brain and spine. He has particular interests and significant experience in surgical procedures to treat hydrocephalus, congenital anomalies of the nervous system such as Chiari malformation, epilepsy, myelodysplasia, brain and spine tumors, and trauma.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Frim is an active medical researcher and educator. His current investigations include studies of the neuroprotection after brain trauma, investigations of the cognitive outcomes in hydrocephalus and Chiari patients, and development of treatment strategies for congenital complex anomalies of the nervous system.
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
University of Chicago Specialty Suite
Year Started Practice
Harvard Medical School
Internship and Residency
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Children's Hospital, Boston
American Academy of Pediatrics
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Read More About Dr. Frim
Explore the neurosurgery program at the University of Chicago.
View a video about Comer Children's Hospital that features Dr. Frim and one of his patients.
Dr. Frim is part of a multispecialty team that provides care for both adults and children with congenital anomalies of the nervous system, including syringomyelia, hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, Spina Bifida, and more.
The children's hospital where Dan Kricke was previously treated does not provide hydrocephalus care for adults. When he needed a shunt revision at age 25, Kricke sought out Dr. Frim. Now, he's headache-free and ready for his future.
Dr. Frim treated hydrocephalus patient Kimi Sorensen since she was a young girl. Although Kimi is now an adult, she can continue receiving care from Dr. Frim for years to come.
Read patient stories about how Dr. Frim has helped children with Chiari malformation, epilepsy and other neurological disorders.
Watch a video about baby Francesca, one of Dr. Frim’s craniosynostosis patients, and her journey through surgery to recovery.
Learn about the Discover Camp, an annual retreat where some of Dr. Frim’s patients and their families enjoy specially planned activities in a safe, supportive environment.
Dr. Frim and a teen who battled a brain tumor inspired a father to run a marathon and to start a fund to support neurosurgical research.
Unraveling the World of Epilepsy (PDF) describes how Dr. Frim and other University of Chicago physicians and scientists are advancing pediatric epilepsy treatment and research.
Daniel Hutcheson was born with a rare congenital disorder. When his pain wouldn’t respond to medication, Dr. Frim surgically removed a piece of bone the size of the bottom of a teacup. Daniel has not experienced that pain since he woke up from the surgery.
View a partial list of Dr. Frim's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.