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.

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 Medical Association
Congress of Neurosurgical Surgeons
Illinois Neurosurgical Society
Massachusetts Medical Society

Languages Spoken




Office Phone

(773) 702-8544

Office Fax

(773) 702-3518

Office Postal Address

David M. Frim, MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 3026
Chicago, IL 60637

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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.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Frim's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.