Dr. Frim earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College in 1981 and received a master’s degree in Physiology in 1986. He received his MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School in 1988. Dr. Frim served his internship in general surgery and residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston from 1988 to 1994. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Neuroregeneration Laboratory at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., and the Shillito Pediatric Neurosurgical Fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Frim is currently the Ralph Cannon Professor of Surgery, Neurology, and Pediatrics, and Chief of the Section of Neurosurgery, at the University of Chicago Medicine. He also serves as the Surgical Director of the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital Pediatric Neurosciences Center.
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 robust schedule of lectures and educational presentations on neurosurgical topics with an emphasis on congenital anomalies of the skull, brain, and spine.
Dr. Frim is a member of the following professional organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and Society of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Frim is currently serving as the president of the Chicago Neurological Society and was the organization’s vice president from 2012-2014. He also holds a membership position on the board of directors for the Inter-Urban Neurological Society. Dr. Frim has authored or co-authored over 150 original articles, reviews, and invited manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks.
David M. Frim, MD, PhD, is an internationally recognized clinical neurosurgeon and neurosciences researcher who focuses on 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, as well as craniofacial anomalies, including craniosynostosis. His innovative approaches to hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, myelodysplasia/tethered cord syndrome, and craniofacial anomalies attract patient referrals from national and international sources.