Dr. David Boarini, MD
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Dr. David Boarini, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

Iowa Clinic Neurological/Spinal 1215 Pleasant St Ste 608 Des Moines, IA 50309 Get Directions


Dr. David Boarini, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Des Moines, IA. He is 65 years old and has been practicing for 40 years. Dr. Boarini is affiliated with Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

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Dr. Boarini's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Reviews (9)
Des Moines, IA |
We waited in the waiting room for over 30 minutes. He had not looked at our files once before we met with him. He did not do any type of physical examination. He had me walk 3 steps to the door-that was his entire exam. I was in great pain and all he said was "What I need you to do is lose weight." I had not gained weight until I became in pain and unable to move. His bedside manner was AWFUL-cold and uncaring. I would NEVER go back and NEVER recommend him to ANYONE. Don't waste your time.
West Des Moines, IA |
If you want to be insulted and told that there is absolutely nothing wrong..and you are referre..then go see him He is one of the many Dr's that won't help if you are a little overweight and have the wrong insurance. .I wouldn't and won't recommend him to anyone!
in West Des Moines, IA |
Dr. Boarini preformed both of my surgeries. He's direct, to the point, professional and I felt/feel like he genuinely cared/cares about using his talent, experience and outstanding surgical skill to get me on a path to a pain-free future. Only six weeks post-op from surgery #2, I'm still healing - but I don't feel like I want to crawl out of my own skin to get away from the pain. He and his team are THE best.
in Des Moines, IA |
I had seen Dr. Boarini back in 2013 for a lumbar fusion follow up after my own surgeon, Dr. Carlstrom had retired, needless to say I was VERY displeased. Like many others have said, I would wait nearly an hour in the exam room for him to come in and see me for less than five minutes. It was the same thing every single time and my examination would consist of me walking away from him and then toward him, then standing on my toes and then my heels, the end. TERRIBLE bedside manner!
in Marshalltown IA |
Seemed to be too distracted. Also didn't help me find out the problem just told me to lose weight. Months later my issue is getting worse.
in Chariton, Iowa |
My experience was horrible. He was very rude, abrupt and I felt that I was an inconvenience in his day. After waiting in the exam room for over 55 minutes he spent less than 5 minutes with me. He looked at my MRI for only a couple of seconds and recommended an epidural, Pt and an anti inflammatory. My daughter was trying to ask questions and he brushed them off like she was not even there. I feel that I should not be charged for the visit and will investigate it further. I would NOT recommend!!
Des Moines, IA |
Dr. Boarini was very caring and attentive, he took time to answer all my questions and really put me at ease with my trauma condition, showed a high leveling caring. He was jovial and fun and lighted the mood. I am very grateful for his care!
West Des Moines, IA |
Dr. Boarini saw my elderly father at Methodist Unity Point hospital today. He was the rudest doctor I have ever seen. Upon entering the room, he dismissed the aide who was there with an arrogant wave of his hand ---as she was offering her hand to shake when introductions were made. He asked my father some quesytions about his past and as Dad struggled to answer, the Dr got out his cell phone and read through text messages. It was an experience that left me with a sick, hollow pit in my stomach
in DeSoto Ia |
I had a herniated disc in my neck and Dr. Boarini explained everything to me and scheduled surgery and even with my prior neck surgeries I had little to no pain after surgery and the after care was good. I would recommend Dr. Boarini.
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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Iowa not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Torticollis
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    Loyola University of Chicago / Stritch School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1977

  • Internship Hospital
    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Residency Hospital
    University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Repair Intracranial Aneurysm
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis