David Darrow

Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery Department
MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Scholar
Institute of Translational Neuroscience Scholar
Rockswold-Kaplan Endowed Chair for Traumatic Brain Injury (with Hennepin Healthcare)


Dr. David Darrow is an award-winning neurosurgeon/researcher who joined the department as an Assistant Professor after completing his residency at the University of Minnesota. He earned his MD and MPH (Master's in Public Health) from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston; and a BS in physics and mathematics from Texas A&M University in College Station. As a clinician, Dr. Darrow treats patients with pain (trigeminal neuralgia, facial pain, chronic pain), movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia), neuropsychiatric disease, and epilepsy. Thanks to support from MnDRIVE (Minnesota's Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy) and the Institute of Translational Neuroscience, most of Dr. Darrow's time will be devoted to research and continuing the work he is doing with in the Herman Darrow Lab with Dr. Alex Herman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. "Alex and I are focused on the main systems of the brain – reward, cognitive, and mood," he said. "We want to know how all these systems affect one another to better understand how we can treat chronic pain, epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and addiction."


  • MD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • Residency in Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota
  • MPH, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
  • BS, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX

Professional Associations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society for Neuroscience

Executive Assistant

Laura Czarnecki
Administrative Phone: 612-624-6666 (hit 4 for the Academic Office)
Administrative Email: czarn003@umn.edu
Administrative Fax Number: 612-624-0644

Research Summary

Dr. Darrow's research in epilepsy and neuroscience started in Austin, TX, where he began applying his background in analysis on cognitive research in patients undergoing surgery for seizures.

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View Herman Darrow Human Neuroscience Lab Website
Grants and Patents

Grants and Patents


Reversible Thermal Neuromodulation Using Focused Ultrasound.
Closed Loop Control of Autonomic Function After Spinal Cord Injury.
Traumatic brain injury catheter.



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