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Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon David Sandberg, M.D. joins Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth

HOUSTON, TX (June26, 2012)

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Mischer Neuroscience Institute (MNI) at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center announced today the addition of renowned pediatric neurosurgeon David I. Sandberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P. to the medical staff, concurrent with his appointment as chief of pediatric neurosurgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.

Specialized in pediatric brain tumors, Sandberg has developed novel neurosurgery treatment approaches for children and will continue to be instrumental in making advances in research and treatment. Sandberg 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 Children's neuroscience team and bring his outstanding medical experience and passion of caring for children," said Kevin P. Lally, M.D., surgeon-in-chief of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and chair of pediatric surgery at UTHealth. "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 Memorial Hermann and UTHealth 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 with UTHealth and director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center. "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. 


About Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital

With 11 hospitals located in the Texas Medical Center and throughout greater Houston, Memorial Hermann is a vital healthcare resource known for world-class clinical expertise, quality patient care, leading edge technology and innovation.  Children's Memorial Hermann is a 178-bed hospital that combines the technological advances of a full-service, university-affiliated hospital with the special compassion and healing expertise that has distinguished it as one of the finest children's hospitals in the nation. In partnership with the UTHealth, Children's Memorial Hermann specialists provide care for more than 120,000 patient visits annually, including the tiniest premature infants, children and adolescents. Memorial Hermann takes a holistic approach to healthcare, offering programs and services that address the physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects of wellbeing. To learn more about Children's Memorial Hermann, visit

About Mischer Neuroscience Institute

The Mischer Neuroscience Institute provides the most specialized treatment available for diseases of the brain and is a national leader in research for new treatments. The Institute brings together a team of world-class clinicians, researchers and educators whose insights and research findings are transforming the field of neuroscience. MNI is the largest and most comprehensive neuroscience program in Texas with more than 2,000 procedures performed in our surgical neuroscience suites annually. Doctors at MNI currently perform more neurosurgical procedures than any other hospital system in Houston and are nationally recognized for leading-edge medicine. MNI is consistently ranked among quality benchmarking organizations as a leader in clinical quality and patient safety. The Institute was the first center in Texas and one of only a few institutions in the country to fully integrate neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology and neurorehabilitation through comprehensive, specialized treatment centers and close collaboration between all involved disciplines. For more information, visit

About the UTHealth Medical School

The University of Texas Medical School at Houston is one of six schools of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), which also is home to schools of nursing, public health, dentistry, biomedical informatics and graduate studies in biomedical science. Founded in 1972, UTHealth is the most comprehensive academic health system in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region. Its primary teaching hospitals include Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. For more information, visit