David L. Dornbos III, MD

4.81 out of 5


  • Acute stroke
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Carotid stenosis
  • Vertebrobasilar insufficiency
    • Moyamoya disease
    • Venous sinus thrombosis
    • Cavernous-carotid fistula
    • Dural arteriovenous fistula
    • Spinal arteriovenous fistula or malformation
    • Intracranial hemorrhage
    • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
    • Cavernous malformation
    • Venous/Lymphatic malformations
    • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
    • Normal pressure hydrocephalus
    • Chiari malformations
    • Trigeminal Neuralgia
    • Chronic subdural hematomas

Procedures Performed

  • Neurointerventional Surgery


Dr. David Dornbos III is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UK HealthCare, where he specializes in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery. He focuses on treating stroke, carotid stenosis, intracranial aneurysms, arteriovenous malformation, and other vascular disorders.

Dr. Dornbos graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earning Honors in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry. Following this, he earned his medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. During this time he authored nearly 20 publications focused on stroke care, prevention, and recovery while working in a lab focused on mechanisms of acute ischemic stroke recovery.

After obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Dornbos completed his residency at The Ohio State University in neurological surgery. In addition to publishing numerous clinical research projects related to aneurysm treatment, he also worked in a translational stroke research lab, developing and testing new drugs with improved safety and efficacy in the treatment of ischemic stroke. He also led numerous quality improvement projects aimed at enhancing patient safety and elevating the quality of neurosurgical care. He then completed a fellowship in open cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at the Semmes Murphey Clinic in Memphis, TN. During this time, he partnered with industry and numerous collaborators around the world to facilitate device development and multi-institutional research efforts to improve outcomes in ischemic stroke, intracranial aneurysms, and carotid disease.

Currently, Dr. Dornbos focuses his academic research endeavors on the new imaging modalities in ischemic stroke, better understanding of the cerebral microenvironment in the acute setting of stroke, and in facilitating new ways to more safely remove blood clots during stroke. He is collaborating with other providers at UK in numerous clinical trials evaluating new treatment modalities in stroke, intracranial hemorrhage, and traumatic brain injury. He is also leading several quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving the safety and care of neurosurgical patients.

He is the Vice Chair of the AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee and is heavily involved in numerous other professional societies, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section.

Personal Statment

Outside of medicine, I love the outdoors and enjoying activities such as hiking, running, cycling, and spending time with my family. When caring for patients affected by neurosurgical disease, my primary goal is to preserve their ability to enjoy these same things too for as long as possible.

Vascular neurosurgery diseases have profound implications on a patient's life. Whenever discussing options with my patients, I try to make things as relatable and understandable as possible, and I partner with them to protect them from potentially life-threatening diseases with as little risk as possible.

Faculty Rank

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Specialty

Training & Education


Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich.


Neurosurgery, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio


Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery, Semmes Murphey Clinic and University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tenn.

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Ratings & Reviews

4.81 out of 5
7 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

  • Patient Review

    Excellent doctor and took time to explain everything

    Patient Review

    Very knowledgeable MD. Great personality and very easy to talk to.

    Patient Review

    The treatment team members were thorough in their review of risk and benefits of treatment. Answered all my questions. Clear statement about the plan of treatment.

    Patient Review

    *Dr. Dornbos saved my life. Forever grateful.

    Patient Review

    Told assistant that I was having side affects from medication. Doctor came in and told me that he would really like me to stay on the medication and that my issues were coming from the blood in my brain. He was 100% correct and my problems have eased up since the appointment and the medication is keeping me from having seizures so I am so happy that he made these suggestions and recommendations for me!!
    • Patient Review

      *Dr. Dornbos was kind, patient, answered all my questions. He was respectful of me and all my fears.
    • Patient Review

      We were in and out. Its as if the looked at scans provided results and referred back to doctor that referred me.