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David Sandberg, M.D.

Dr. David SandbergPediatric Neurosurgeon

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Mischer Neuroscience Institute

Professor, The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery
Professor, Department of Pediatric Surgery
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth


David Sandberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P., joined the MNI team as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, coming from Miami Children's Hospital and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he was a voluntary associate professor of clinical neurological surgery and pediatrics. At the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, he holds joint appointments as a professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Surgery.

His major clinical interests include pediatric brain tumors, minimally invasive endoscopic approaches to brain tumors and hydrocephalus, congenital spinal anomalies, vascular malformations, spasticity, and craniofacial disorders in children.

Education, Training and Credentials

Dr. Sandberg is fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed neurosurgery residency training at Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Sandberg was awarded the Resident Traveling Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and he completed this fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. After residency, he completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, which is affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

Research Interests and Medical Missions

Dr. Sandberg's major research interests focus on novel means of delivering therapeutic agents into the brain for the treatment of childhood brain tumors.  He has developed translational research models in piglets and primates and is currently initiating a Phase I clinical trial based upon these research efforts.

He has been principal investigator of studies funded by the Woman's Cancer Association of the University of Miami, Miami Children's Hospital Foundation and the Emily Dorfman Foundation, and has served on medical missions to Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Uganda and Haiti.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery (FIENS).

Editor and Ad Hoc Reviewer

Dr. Sandberg is editor of the ISPN Guide to Pediatric Neurosurgery, Tumor Section, and is an ad hoc reviewer for a number of neurosurgery and neuroscience journals. He has co-authored textbook chapters and numerous manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals including Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, Journal of Neuro-Oncology, Journal of Child Neurology and Pediatric Neurosurgery.