David D. Limbrick, MD, PhD

Executive Vice-Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

T.S. Park, MD Chair of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics

Neurosurgeon-in-Chief, St. Louis Children's Hospital

Castle Connolly Top Doctor


  • Brain Tumors
  • Chiari malformations/Syringomyelia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neuro-endoscopy
  • Pediatric Spine Surgery

Call 314-454-2810 for Pediatric Appointments

As a pediatric neurosurgeon, my most rewarding experience is developing long-term relationships with my patients and watching them grow into adults with their own interests and fulfilling lives. It just feels like family.

Dr. Limbrick


BS, Biology, College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, Virginia

MD, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia

PhD, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia


Intern, General Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Resident, Neurological Surgery
Barnes-Jewish Hospital & Washington University School of Medicine 
St. Louis, Missouri 


Senior Registrar, Neurological Surgery
Beaumont Hospital 
Dublin, Ireland 

Fellow, Pediatric Neurological Surgery
St. Louis Children’s Hospital & Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Research focus

Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, advanced imaging, multicenter research, clinical trials

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Honors & leadership roles

  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in St. Louis
  • Top 10% of All Faculty Physicians, Patient Satisfaction, Washington University Physicians
  • Humanism in Medicine Award, Washington University School of Medicine
  • AANS Young Neurosurgeon’s Committee Public Service Award for Hydrocephalus in Haiti
  • Innovator Award, Hydrocephalus Association
  • Medical Advisory Board and Advocacy Committee, Hydrocephalus Association
  • Advisory Board, Cure Hydrocephalus
  • Executive Committee and Chair of Biospecimens and Imaging, Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network
  • Executive Council, Bobby Jones Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation
  • Principal Investigator, Park-Reeves Syringomyelia Research Consortium
  • Director, Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships
  • Editorial Board Member: Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics; Fluids and Barriers of the CNS; Neurosurgery: Open
  • Commissioner, St. Louis Regional Health Commission

Board certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery (2013)
American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery (2014)

Hospital appointments

St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital