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Division Chief, Cerebrovascular & Skull Base Surgery Vice Chair of Education, Clinical Skills Lab Residency Program Director Professor

Dr. Carlos David, cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgeon at UNC HealthDr. Carlos David is a Professor of Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurological surgery at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His range of expertise includes all skull base and complex brain tumors, endoscopic skull base surgery and all aspects of cerebrovascular surgery, including bypass surgery.

He joined the faculty at UNC from the Lahey Clinic and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. In addition to his positions as Director of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base surgery at the Lahey Clinic, he also held the rank of Assistant and then Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. David was recognized for his microsurgical skill and dedication to teaching and his patients. He was recognized in Castle Conolly’s America’s Top Doctors and Boston Magazine Top Docs from 2006 through his departure in 2022.

Prior to moving to Boston, he served as faculty in the University of Missouri Department of Neurosurgery. He held the role of director of cerebrovascular surgery and chief of the VA hospital neurosurgery section and Co-Director of the Neuro-Medical ICU at the University Hospital.

Dr. David attended the University of Miami and earned a BS in Biochemistry. He then went on to attend medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he graduated with Research distinction and was elected AOA. He completed his neurosurgery residency training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He went on to pursue fellowship training in cerebrovascular and skull base surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Spetzler at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. David also served as a Commander in the United States Naval Reserve from 1998 through 2006. He served on active duty during Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom, receiving various decorations including a Naval and Marine Corps Commendation medal for his service.

Dr. David is active in organized neurosurgery having served as past vice chair of the AANS/CNS Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery. He is an officer in the North American Skull Base Society. He is passionate and dedicated to teaching. He has led and participated in numerous courses and symposia over the years. In his role as associate residency program director for the Tufts Neurosurgery program, he coordinated the neurosurgical residents rotating at the Lahey Clinic. He is also significantly involved in medical education, having served as faculty for the medical student neuroscience course and neuroscience core clerkship at Tufts University school of medicine. He also served in the medical student coaching program, and the Tufts School of medicine admissions committee. In 2020, he was honored with the Samuel Moschella clinical educator of the year award. In April 2022 he was honored by the AANS/CNS section on cerebrovascular surgery when he was invited to be the Donaghy lecturer.

Vice Chair of Education, Clinical Skills Lab
Residency Program Director
Division Chief, Cerebrovascular & Skull Base Surgery

Skull Base Surgery
Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery

Fellowship – Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ, 1997
Residency – Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL, 1996
Residency – General Surgery Residency, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL, 1991
MD – University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL, 1990
BS – Biochemistry, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 1986

Neurological Surgery – Board Certified, 2001

For a complete list of recent publications, please visit Dr. Carlos David’s PubMed listing.