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David Bauer, MD, MPH


Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-3950


6701 Fannin Street
Mark A. Wallace Tower, Level 9
Houston, TX 77030

David F. Bauer, MD, MPH

Co-Director, Craniofacial Surgery Program

Associate Professor, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Dartmouth College Masters Master of Public Health 2019
Seattle Children’s Hospital Fellowship Pediatric Neurosurgery 2012
University of Alabama Residency Neurological Surgery 2011
University of Alabama Internship General Surgery 2005
University of Michigan Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2004
Johns Hopkins University Bachelors Bachelor of Art in Neuroscience 2000


Dr. Bauer believes in family-centered, compassionate care for his patients. He does his best to educate patients and families on their condition in order to make them part of the care team and decision-making process.

Clinical Interests:

Dr. Bauer’s clinical interests include the care and treatment of children with complex craniofacial disorders including craniosynostosis, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, basilar invagination, cranio-cervical settling, cranio-cervical instability, complex spinal instability including post traumatic and congenital deformity, infantile, juvenile, and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, complex spinal instrumentation, surgical treatment of spasticity including selective dorsal rhizotomy and baclofen pump, congenital brain and spine malformations, spina bifida, tethered spinal cord, myelomeningocele, lipomyelomeningocele, split spinal cord malformation, arachnoid cyst, dermal sinus tract, encephalocele, brain and spine tumors, vascular malformations of the brain and spine, and the surgical treatment of epilepsy including open and minimally invasive treatment options.

Research Interests:

Dr. Bauer is an expert in the production of clinical practice guidelines. He is chair of the national guidelines committee of the AANS/CNS Section of Neurological Surgery, and he has helped produce guidelines on many topics including hydrocephalus, plagiocephaly, myelomeningocele, and Chiari malformation. He collaborates with other organizations, and he is co-author on upcoming guidelines for the surgical treatment of epilepsy with the American Epilepsy Society, diagnosis of brain death with the American Academy of Neurology, and transfusion of blood products after traumatic brain injury with a multi-society collaborative. Through his research, Dr. Bauer advocates nationally for standardized, high-level surgical care based on the best available medical evidence.

Board Certifications:

American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2015

American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, 2016


Organization Name Role
AANS/CNS (Pediatric Section) Chair, Guidelines Committee
American Academy of Pediatrics Member, Executive Committee of the Section of Neurological Surgery; Chair, Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Section of Neurological Surgery
American Association of Neurological Surgeons Member;
American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons Member
Congress of Neurological Surgeons Member

Selected Publications

Bauer DF, Beier AD, Nikas DC, Assassi N, Blount J, Durham SR, Flannery AM, Klimo P Jr, McClung-Smith C, Rehring P, Tamber MS, Tyagi R, Mazzola CA. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Systematic Review and Evidence-Based Guideline on the Management of Patients with Myelomeningocele: Whether Prenatal or Postnatal Closure Affects Future Ambulatory Status. Neurosurgery 2019 Sep 1;85(3):E409-E411. PMID: 31418040.

D’Agostino E, Calnan DR, Whitson W, Stotland M, Bauer DF. The use of distraction osteogenesis in the treatment of rickets-associated craniosynostosis. World Neurosurgery 2019 Jul 8. PMID: 31295604.

Mitchell SC, Grangard G, Kahouli W, Dalldorf C, Crain A, Lee E, Hamlin A, Feeney L, Johnstone H, Luke GP, Diamond SG, Bauer DF. Snap-valve cerebral shunt design for intracranial pressure operation and ultrasound visualization. Medicine Engineering and Physics 2019 Mar 1. PMID: 30827832.

Makler V, D’Agostino E, Bauer DF. Vagal nerve stimulator lead revision using needle-tip cautery: case series, literature review, and technical note. World Neurosurgery 2018 Sept. PMID: 29966788.

Waseem H, Mazzamurro RS, Fisher AH, Bhowmik S, Zaman RA, Andrew A, Bauer DF. Parental satisfaction with being present in the operating room during the induction of anesthesia prior to pediatric neurosurgical intervention: a qualitative analysis. J Neurosurg Pediatr 2018 May;21(5):528-534. PMID: 29424629.

Whitson WJ, Lane JR, Bauer DF, Durham SR: A prospective natural history study of nonoperatively managed Chiari I malformation: Does follow-up MRI surveillance alter surgical decision making? J Neurosurg Pediatr 16(2): 159-66, 2015 Aug. [Epub 2015 May 1] PMID: 25932776

Bauer DF, Ellenbogen RE: Relationship of Chiari Malformation and Fibromyalgia. In R Tubbs, WJ Oaks. The Chiari Malformations. New York, NY: Springer, 2013.

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Awards & Honors

Top Doctor (named by Castle Connolly): 2019, 2020, 2021

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