Dr. Donald F. Frei, MD

Dr. Donald F. Frei, MD

Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology | Male | 53 years old

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RIA Neurovascular has made a commitment to provide the highest level of care. We are experts in the ultra-minimally invasive surgeries we perform. This results in complication rates well below the national average, shorter hospital stays, and shorter recovery times. Our goal is to help each patient return to their independent lifestyle as soon as possible. Our staff is integral to our success. They are dedicated, compassionate, and knowledgeable in all aspects of the care we provide. We offer three clinic sites for patient convenience. Rocky Mountain Chapter of The Joe Niekro Foundation Support Group RIA Neurovascular is proud to be the only physician sponsored support group for survivors and their families of Cerebral Aneurysms, Brain AVMs, and Stroke. We treat patients like family and we feel an on-going responsibility and commitment to provide them support and consideration. Interested parties contact 720-493-3345Read more

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Quality of Care RIA Neurovascular strives to care for each patient like family. Our goal is to provide knowledgeable, safe,...Read more

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Quality of Care

RIA Neurovascular strives to care for each patient like family. Our goal is to provide knowledgeable, safe, effective, and ultra-minimally invasive cost conscious care. We use a multi-disciplinary approach to offer each patient the best treatment options. Two surgeons often work together on complex cerebrovascular cases. This routine practice of utilizing four expert hands minimizes complications. No students or doctors-in-training participate in the care of patients. 

I am passionate about about advancing NeuroInterventional Radiology through research and compassionate care. I enjoy providing life-saving surgeries in a safe but rapid manner via ultra-minimally invasive treatment for:

  • Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Brain AVMs
  • Dural Fistula
  • Carotid and Cerebral Vascular Stenosis
  • Brain Tumor Embolizations
  • Acute Stroke
  • Pulsatile Tinnitus

Leaders in Acute Stroke 

ESCAPE and MR CLEAN, two recently published stroke studies, emphasize the importance of rapid intervention in the patient with acute ischemic stroke. As part of a comprehensive stroke team, we work quickly to return blood flow to the part of the brain affected by stroke with the goal to alleviate and minimize the affects of stroke. 

Research

RIA Neurovascular are the leaders in  research for stroke and cerebral aneurysms in the Rocky Mountain Region. We are invited to participate in cutting-edge National and International research studies. This allows us to offer the most progressive technologies and devices to our patients.  For a complete list of our past and current research trials please visit our our website. 

Dr. Frei's Care Philosophy

RIA Neurovascular has made a commitment to provide the highest level of care. We are experts in the ultra-minimally invasive surgeries we perform. This results in complication rates well below the national average, shorter hospital stays, and shorter recovery times. Our goal is to help each patient return to their independent lifestyle as soon as possible. 

Our staff is integral to our success. They are dedicated, compassionate, and knowledgeable in all aspects of the care we provide. We offer three clinic sites for patient convenience.  

Rocky Mountain Chapter of The Joe Niekro Foundation Support Group

RIA Neurovascular is proud to be the only physician sponsored support group for survivors and their families of Cerebral Aneurysms, Brain AVMs, and Stroke. We treat patients like family and we feel an on-going responsibility and commitment to provide them support and consideration. Interested parties contact 720-493-3345

Dr. Frei says...

I am fellowship trained in both Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology. 

I am passionate about advancing NeuroInterventional Radiology through research and compassionate care. In my position as president of The Society of NeuroInterventional Surgeons, I am able to interact with NeuroInterventional leaders. I have been able to observe the way our procedures are performed throughout the world. This allows me to bring back the very best medical practices from around the globe and help integrate them into the way RIA Neurovascular delivers its' quality and expert care. RIA Neurovascular is asked to participate in research studies on a national and international level due to our high patient volumes and expertise. I enjoy being able to bring cutting edge technologies and devices to the care of my patients. 

I am an expert practitioner in the following:

  • Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Brain AVM
  • Dural Fistula
  • Carotid & Cerebral Vascular Stenosis
  • Brain Tumor Embolizations
  • Acute Stroke
  • Tinnitus

Dr. Frei says...

Our research and my position as president of The Society of NeuroInterventional Surgeons gives me a unique perspective on our patient care. I am driven to provide the most cutting edge care to our patients in a rapid and safe manner. Our practice strives to provide two expert and experienced physicians during treatment procedures. Our practice believes that two heads and four skilled hands help ensure our patients get the very best care available. This approach results in shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times for our patients, and helps us keep our complication rate well below the national average. Our practice goal is to help our patients return to independence.

We are the Rocky Mountain Region's leading providers in the care of stroke and cerebral aneurysms. Our high patient volumes motivates us to stay current on the latest techniques and devices available to treat these devastating conditions. We are a vital and instrumental part of the comprehensive stroke team. 

Dr. Frei says...

I appreciate your time and feedback. If you received excellent care and attention, please tell a friend. If you were not satisfied with your level of care, please tell me or my team and give us the opportunity to assist you. We are committed with providing you safe, compassionate, and expert care. 

Dr. Frei's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology
  •  Board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • Introduction to Research Scholarship AUR/RSNA/ARRS - ARRS Conference, 1992
    • Certificate of Merit for Exhibit: Contrast Enhanced MR and US of retinoblastoma with surgical correlation, RSNA, 1993
    • Selection for publication of Exhibit in CD ROM: Award Winning Scientific Exhibits RSNA, 1993, 1993
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  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Neuroradiology

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Stroke
  • Acute Venous Embolism Thrombosis
  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysm, Intracranial Berry
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Spine
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Bilateral Stroke
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brainstem Strokes
  • Cancer
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Dissecting Aneurysm
  • Ear Disorders
  • False Aneurysm
  • Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracranial Venous Thrombosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Cancer
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Ruptured Aneurysm
  • Saccular Aneurysm
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thromboembolism
  • Thrombosis
  • Tinnitus
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Vertebral Fracture

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1989

  • Internship Hospital
    Rush Presbyterian-St Lukes Medical Center

    Completed in 1990

  • Residency Hospital
    Tulane University Medical Center, Diagnostic Radiology

    Completed in 1994

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Fellowship Neuroradiology/Interventional Neuroradiology

    Completed in 1996

  • Undergraduate School
    University of Illinois, Bachelor of Biology

    Graduated in 1985

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

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Specialties

  • Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology
  • Angiography
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular Research
  • Diagnostic Neuroradiology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Endovascular Neurosurgery
  • Interventional Neuroradiology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurovascular Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Vascular & Interventional Radiologic Technology
  • Vascular & Interventional Radiology

Procedures Performed

  • Acute Stroke Intervention
  • Aneurysm Embolization
  • Aneurysm Stenting
  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Angioplasty With Stent Placement
  • Balloon Angioplasty
  • Brain Aneurysm Embolization
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Artery Stent Placement
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Embolization
  • Embolization of Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Embolization of Tumor
  • Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
  • Endovascular Procedure
  • Endovascular Stent Grafting
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Intracranial Angioplasty With Stent Placement
  • Intracranial Vessel Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Injection
  • Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair
  • Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
  • Thoracic Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Wingspan™ Stent System