David I. Sandberg, MD Named Recipient of AANS Humanitarian Award
HOUSTON, TEXAS (April12,
David I. Sandberg, MD, director of pediatric neurosurgery at
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern School of Medicine at
UTHealth, has been honored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
as the 2019 recipient of the AANS Humanitarian Award.
The Humanitarian Award is one of the highest honors bestowed
by the AANS and recognizes Dr. Sandberg’s selfless contributions and extraordinary
work with children suffering from neurosurgical disorders throughout the world.
Since 1999, Dr.
Sandberg has organized or participated in 19 international humanitarian
pediatric neurosurgical missions, including visits to Guatemala, Honduras,
Peru, Uganda, and Haiti, where he has volunteered on 10 separate occasions
through Project Medishare.
all go into medicine to try and make a difference in the world and help
people,” Dr. Sandberg said. “I never expected an award. I am humbled to be
included on the AANS list of people who have made great contributions.”
majority of Dr. Sandberg’s humanitarian trips have focused on treating indigent
children and educating local neurosurgeons to improve their ability to provide
Sandberg typically sees 50 to 60 patients and performs surgery on approximately
the help of donors and volunteers, Dr. Sandberg has brought several children
back to the United States for life-saving treatment for brain tumors that could
not be adequately managed in their home countries.
“I hope to continue making great contributions
which level the playing field. Our country is very lucky and we have a lot of
privilege. Though there is plenty of poverty in the United States, the poverty
in other countries is on a totally different level. It’s a great privilege to
be able to help.”
Sandberg has lectured numerous times at pediatric neurosurgery meetings
throughout Central and South America in Spanish, frequently visiting hospitals
there simultaneously to provide assistance and education to local neurosurgeons
and trainees. He is a member of the
Board of Directors of the Foundation for International Education in
Neurological Surgery, which addresses the critical lack of trained
neurosurgeons in developing countries through hands-on training and education.
Dr. Sandberg is also at the
forefront of groundbreaking neurological research, which is currently focused
on direct infusion of chemotherapy to recurring malignant brain tumors through
the fourth ventricle in people aged 1 to 21, a method which he has pioneered in
that area of the brain.