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Renowned pediatric neurosurgeon joins UTHealth, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

HOUSTON – (June 27, 2012) – David I. Sandberg, M.D. has been named chief of pediatric neurosurgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School and an attending physician at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Mischer Neuroscience Institute (MNI) at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

Sandberg, who specializes in pediatric brain tumors, has developed novel neurosurgery treatment approaches for children. He brings expertise in minimally invasive endoscopic approaches to pediatric brain tumors, hydrocephalus, and arachnoid cysts as well as surgical management of arteriovenous malformations of the brain (AVMs), congenital spinal anomalies, spasticity and craniofacial anomalies.

"We are so pleased to have Dr. Sandberg join our neuroscience team and bring his outstanding medical experience and passion of caring for children," said Kevin P. Lally, M.D., chair of pediatric surgery at UTHealth and surgeon-in-chief of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. "He will play an important role in expanding our pediatric oncology and neurosurgery services to provide the best care to our littlest patients in the Houston community."

Sandberg comes to UTHealth and Memorial Hermann from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he served as an associate professor of clinical neurological surgery and pediatrics. A graduate of Harvard University, he received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and neurosurgery training from Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Sandberg completed his pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles before joining the faculty at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

"David is an accomplished researcher and neurosurgeon and also just a wonderful person," said Dong H. Kim, M.D., chair of neurosurgery at UTHealth and director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann-TMC. "I have full confidence that Dr. Sandberg will develop the best pediatric neurosurgery program in the region."

Sandberg is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He has received numerous professional awards for his contributions to research, teaching and medical practice and serves as an active member in numerous professional organizations including the Children's Oncology Group and the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons among others. He is actively involved in international volunteer work and has made multiple trips to Honduras, Guatemala, Uganda, Peru and Haiti to perform neurosurgery on patients in underserved countries.

Deborah Mann Lake
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