Jeffrey I. Frank, MD
Professor of Neurology and Surgery
Director, Neuromedical/Neurosurgical Intensive Care
Dr. Jeffrey Frank is an internationally recognized leader in the field of neurointensive care and vascular neurology. At the University of Chicago, he has built one of the most reputable neurointensive care programs in the country.
He has been a pioneer in the clinical research area of life-threatening brain-swelling after stroke and was the lead principal investigator for a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)-sponsored multi-center clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of surgical decompression for brain swelling after stroke. The unique medical treatment protocols from that trial led to the lowest mortality for this severe type of stoke than ever reported in the literature and led to other pivotal trials that have changed the landscape of the treatment for this severe stroke.
In addition, Dr. Frank is a world expert in the area of brain death and has done provocative research on the physiology of brain death, variability of brain death policies and practice, and new approaches to the education of physicians on brain death. He is a leader on several national committees that are spearheading important changes to improve uniformity of policies, practice and education regarding brain death.
His clinical research program focuses on:
Beyond his local leadership in building the neurocritical care program and comprehensive stroke program, Dr. Frank has been an instrumental national leader in the areas of neurocritical care and vascular neurology as chairman of the Critical Care and Emergency Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology, chairman of the Early Career Committee of the American Stroke Association, a founder and executive committee member of the Neurocritical Care Society, and an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
Year Started Practice
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL
Northwestern University, Chicago
Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
American Academy of Neurology
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Read More About Dr. Frank
Read a PDF of "U of C to Open Dedicated Neurointensive Care Unit" -- an article that appeared in Clinical Comment, the medical center's newsletter for physicians.
View a partial list of Dr. Frank's publications through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.