VCU’s Department of Neurosurgery welcomes David D. Limbrick Jr., M.D., Ph.D., as the new Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery

By Neurosurgery

October 2, 2023

A VCU School of Medicine alumnus, Dr. Limbrick most recently served as the T.S. Park Chair and chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Executive Vice Chair of Neurological Surgery at Washington University. He also served as Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Limbrick was graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1992, and received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the SOM in 2001.  He completed his residency in Neurosurgery in 2007 and a fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery in 2008 at Washington University / BJH / SLCH. He is certified by both the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Limbrick is one of the top pediatric neurosurgeons in the U.S. and an expert on pediatric brain tumors and malformations of the brain, including Chiari type I malformation. His research focuses on disorders of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and improving the diagnosis and treatment of children with hydrocephalus, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, and related disorders. Among his many contributions in these areas, he created and serves as principal investigator for a North American consortium of more than 40 major pediatric neurosurgery centers to perform clinical research on Chiari malformation and syringomyelia. He also serves on the executive council of the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network (HCRN) and leads this group’s efforts in neuroimaging and biospecimens. His research has been funded continuously through NIH/NINDS, PCORI, the Department of Defense, and a number of other organizations. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and has led several federally funded randomized clinical trials.

He serves as treasurer of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Joint Section for Pediatric Neurosurgery, treasurer of the Accrediation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships (ACPNF), and on the executive committee of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons (ASPN). He is a member of the Academy of Neurological Surgeons and the Society of Neurological Surgeons and serves on the National Advisory Committee of the Neurosurgeon Research Career Development Program (NRCDP). He sits on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, Fluid and Barriers of the CNS, and Neurosurgery Practice, where he is the Pediatrics section editor. Dr. Limbrick also serves as a commissioner for the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, the healthcare safety net for the St. Louis region.

Dr. Limbrick has received numerous awards, including the Humanism in Medicine Award from Washington University, where he is rated among the Top 10% of Faculty Physicians for Patient Satisfaction. His extensive experience, accomplishment and leadership in his field will advance our mission to deliver compassionate clinical care and research that serves as a platform for innovation and hope.