Internationally-recognized pediatric neurosurgeon David F. Jimenez, M.D developed the Endoscopic-Assisted Craniectomy more than two decades ago.
His goal was to decrease complications, surgical trauma and blood transfusions in children in need of treatment for craniosynostosis. In addition to being renowned surgeon, his a parent, and he knew he would not want his baby to have to undergo a major surgery for craniosynostosis if excellent results could be achieved in a less invasive way.
Because of his strong belief that this less invasive approach is best for children with craniosynostosis, he has trained dozens of neurosurgeons and craniofacial teams from around the world in his surgical technique. While many of these surgeons have developed practices to make this procedure more readily available, Dr. Jimenez has performed more endoscopic-assisted craniectomies than any other surgeons worldwide. Dr. David Jimenez has performed this technique more than 1000 times on babies as young as two weeks old. He takes great pride in sharing the stories of the children he has cared for who are now growing up to live healthy, normal lives.
His clinical interests in general neurosurgery include complex adult spine cases, brain tumors, epilepsy and peripheral nerve surgery. His interests in pediatric neurosurgery include craniofacial surgery, brain tumors, epilepsy and congenital cranial deformities.
His many awards and honors include America’s Top Doctors, Best Doctors in America, Top Doctors in San Antonio – Pediatric Neurosurgeon, the Continuing Education Award in Neurosurgery from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Service Quality Award from University of Missouri Health Care and the Texas Medical Association award for service to physicians-in-training. Dr. Jimenez pioneered minimally invasive surgery for the congenital abnormality craniosynostosis. He created a multidisciplinary team to surgically treat disadvantaged children in the Philippines during the 1990’s. He has dedicated his distinguished career to academic medicine and the training of the next generation of neurosurgeons.
Dr. Jimenez’s list of medical honors and awards is quite extensive, reflecting his lifetime work as a thought leader, sought-after lecturer, well-funded researcher and prolific writer. He has presented abstracts, posters or lectures at well over 250 local, national and international meetings; contributed material to almost two dozen neurosurgical books, and published over 65 papers.
Dr. Jimenez has appeared as a guest on local and national TV and radio programs, including the Discovery Health Channel (profiled as a “Super Surgeon”) and ABC’s Good Morning America. His life-changing neurosurgical pediatric practice has been profiled in numerous healthcare and general interest publications of local and national scope. In addition, he is a member and long-time leader in professional societies such as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and the American Clef Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. (BA in Psychobiology)
Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA . (M.D.)
Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. ( Neurosurgery Residency)
Montefiore Medical Center , New York, NY. (Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship)
American Board of Neurological Surgeons
American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgeons
Awards & Accomplishments
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(Last 3 years)
San Antonio Best Doctors 2015: SA Scene Magazine, 2015
The Best Doctors in San Antonio, San Antonio Magazine, San Antonio, TX, January 2015
(Featured on the Cover of San Antonio Magazine September 2015)
Texas Super Doctors: Listed in the Texas Monthly Magazine, December 2015
America’s Top Doctors: Castle Connolly Medical LTD., New York 2015
Texas Medical Association: J.T. “Lamar” McNew Award: Texas Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section. Selected Mentor of the Year. Austin TX, 2015
Metro Area Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical LTD. August 1, 2016
The Best Doctors in San Antonio, San Antonio Magazine, San Antonio, TX, January 2016
America’s Top Doctors: Castle Connolly Medical LTD., New York 2016
Texas Super Doctors: Listed in the Texas Monthly Magazine, December 2016
San Antonio Best Doctors 2016: SA Scene Magazine, 2016
Vital’s Patient’s Choice Awards, Texas Favorite Physicians by Vitals, 2016
Top Regional Doctor 2017: Castle Connoly Medical LTD, January 1, 2017
San Antonio’s Best Doctor 2017:SA Scene Magazine, 2017
America’s Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical LTD, 2017
America’s Most Honored Professionals, Top 1%. American Registry. January 2017
Top Doctors in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazine, December 2017
America’s Top Doctor. Castle Connolly Medical LTD, February 1, 2018
San Antonio Best Doctors 2014: S.A. Scene Magazine
America’s Top Doctors 10 Years: Castle Connolly Medical
Texas Super Doctors: Listed in the Texas Monthly Magazine in Texas Super Doctors
Best Doctors: San Antonio Magazine
San Antonio’s Best Doctors 2013: S.A. Scene Magazine
Best Doctors in America: Central Region – Pediatric Neurosurgery
America’s Top Doctors: Castle Connolly Medical LTD., New York
Top Doctors – US News and World Report: Top 1% in the nation in Neurosurgery
San Antonio’s Best Doctors 2012: SA Magazine
San Antonio’s Best Doctors 2012: Scene in SA Magazine
Best Doctors in America 2011-2012: The Best Doctors in America: The Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc., Aiken SC, 2010
San Antonio‘s Best Doctors 2011-2012: SA Magazine
Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals in the field of Research: Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals in the field of Research, Medicine and Healthcare, Uniondale, NY
San Antonio’s Best Doctors 2010: Scene in SA
Second Place Award, History Poster Section: Second Place Award, History Poster Section. “Historical Review of Autogenous Fat Graft Use to Prevent Latrogenic CSF Rhinorrhea after Transsphenoidal Approaches.” American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals Throughout the World: Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals Throughout the World, Long Island City, NY, 2010
The Best Doctors in America: The Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc., Aiken SC, 2010
America‘s Top Doctors: America‘s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical LTD., New York NY, 2010
The Best Doctors in San Antonio: The Best Doctors in San Antonio by Scene in SA Magazine
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Presidential Award: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Presidential Award for Excellence in Clinical Service, San Antonio, TX, 2009