David Darrow, MD, MPH

Chief Resident, Department of Neurosurgery

David Darrow

Contact Info

MD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

MPH, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

BS, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX


Dr. Darrow grew up in Plano, TX before matriculating at Texas A&M University to complete a degree in Physics and a degree in Mathematics. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX where he was fortunate enough to run a free clinic and support the hurricane-ravaged community through a non-profit to address food and health disparities via community gardening. Dr. Darrow continued his education through a Masters in Public Health, focusing on research design and biostatistics. He was elected into the Gold Humanism and Alpha Omega Alpha honors societies. 

Awards & Recognition

  • School of Medicine Designated Scholarship, 2012
  • UTMB Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award, 2012 
  • UTMB President's Cabinet Award, 2011
  • UTMB Division of Neurosurgery Student of the Year Award, 2011
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2011 
  • John P. McGovern Student Award in Oslerian Medicine, 2010 
  • St. Vincent's Student Clinic Recognition Award, 2009


Research Summary/Interests

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.



  • Buchanan RJ, Darrow D, Monsivais D, Nadasdy Z, Gjini K. Motor cortex stimulation for neuropathic pain syndromes: a case series experience. Neuroreport. 2014;25(9):721–723.
  • Buchanan, R. J., Darrow, D. P., Meier, K. T., Robinson, J., Schiehser, D., Glahn, D., and Nadasdy, Z. (2014). Changes in GABA and Glutamate concentrations during Memory Tasks in Patients with Parkinson's disease undergoing DBS Surgery. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 8. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00081.
  • Allmaras, M., Darrow, D., Hristova, Y., Kanschat, G., and Kuchment, P. (2013). Detecting small low emission radiating sources. Inverse Probl. Imaging 7, 47–79. doi:10.3934/ipi.2013.7.47.

Peer-reviewed Online Publication

  • Johnson Jr. RF, Nishino T, Darrow D, Seiler SJ, Roebuck JR. Basic Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. 4/1/2010


  • Kahn L, Darrow D, Barber S, Gasco J, Patterson JT, and Gonzalez J. The Essential Neurosurgery Companion. Neurology, 9/2/2012

Poster Presentations

  • Darrow E, Hoverstadt P, Shell A. Reasons for Patient Non-Attendance at a Student Run Free Clinic. National AMSA Conference, Houston, TX, 2012
  • Darrow D, Nadhasdy Z, Monsivais D, Buchanan R. Motor Cortex Stimulation for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain. Society for Neuroscience Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2012

Oral Presentations

  • Darrow DP. Changes in GABA and Glutamate concentrations in the GPi during Memory Tasks in Patients with Parkinson’s disease during DBS Surgery, American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Conference, June 1, 2014
  • Darrow DP. A Long Time Coming: The Future Treatment of Epilepsy, Design of Medical Devices Conference, April 8, 2014
  • Darrow D, Hovertadt P. Students and the Moral Compass: The Journey of Integrity at UTMB. STG Forum, Galveston, TX, 2012
  • Darrow D, Gross K, Gasco J. Neurosurgery Training: What the Future Holds. 5th Annual All-State Texas Neurosurgery Residency Conference, Galveston, TX, 2012
  • Darrow D, Darrow S. The "Most Distressing of All Human Maladies": An Applied History Approach to the Modern Treatment of Schizophrenia. American Osler Society Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, 2012
  • Darrow D. Dilemmas in Providing Health Care: Lessons in Decision Making. UTMB East Texas Geriatric Education Center Consortium (ETGEC-C). Galveston, TX, 2011.