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David Sandberg, MD, FACS, FAAP

Dr. David Sandberg

Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Professor, Departments of Pediatric Surgery and Neurosurgery
Dr. Marnie Rose Professorship in Pediatric Neurosurgery
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Dr. Sandberg Sees Patients at:
6410 Fannin St., Ste. 950
Houston, TX 77030
(832) 325-7242
(713) 512-2220

Map to UTHealth Pediatric Neurosciences Texas Medical Center

David I. Sandberg, MD, FACS, FAAP, is a fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeon who is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He has a special clinical and research interest in pediatric brain tumors, and specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic approaches to brain tumors, hydrocephalus and arachnoid cysts, as well as surgical management of arteriovenous malformations of the brain, congenital spinal anomalies, spasticity and craniofacial anomalies.

In addition to his appointment at McGovern Medical School, Dr. Sandberg is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Division of Pediatrics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and serves as co-director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. The recipient of numerous research grants, he has pioneered novel treatment approaches for pediatric brain tumors, and he is principal investigator of several clinical trials currently being conducted at McGovern Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center investigating direct administration of chemotherapy into the fourth ventricle for treatment of childhood malignant posterior fossa tumors.

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Sandberg received his medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed neurosurgery training at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University/New York Presbyterian Hospital. During residency, he was awarded the Resident Traveling Fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons, which he completed at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He then completed pediatric neurosurgery fellowship training at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Before joining McGovern Medical School, Dr. Sandberg served as associate professor of clinical neurological surgery and pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Sandberg is committed to providing superior pediatric neurosurgical care, including:

  • Arachnoid cysts
  • Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Chiari malformation
  • Congenital malformations
  • Craniofacial disorders, including craniosynostosis
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Head and spine trauma
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Myelomeningocele (spina bifida) and other congenital spinal anomalies
  • Pediatric stroke
  • Peripheral nerve disorders (brachial plexus disorders)
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Tethered spinal cord
  • Tuberous sclerosis complex
  • Vascular malformations


Medical School
John Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1997

Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2003

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 2004

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery

Collaboration with Referring Physicians

Physicians at UTHealth Houston Neurosciences engage referring physicians in the care of their patients, keeping them informed about patient progress throughout the evaluation and treatment process. After a patient’s treatment, referring physicians receive a summary and a plan for follow-up. Our physicians encourage continued communication about each patient.

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Video Discussions and Media Stories

UTHealth Houston children’s neurosurgeon Dr. David Sandberg discusses what arachnoid cysts are, how they are typically found in children, and how medical experts can effectively treat them.

UTHealth Houston children’s neurosurgeon Dr. David Sandberg discusses tethered spinal cord, how it is initially found in children, and how medical experts can effectively treat it.