Paul Klimo | Semmes Murphey Neurologic and Spine Institute Dr. Paul Klimo Jr. was born in Madison, Wisconsin to emigrants from Czechoslovakia. He grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He earned his undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University and medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. From 1999 to 2005 he did his neurosurgical training at the University of Utah under the direction of William Couldwell, Ronald Apfelbaum and Jack Walker. During his residency training, he obtained a Masters of Public Health. After his residency, he pursued subspecialty training in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital, Boston/Harvard University under the guidance of R. Michael Scott. In 2006, he entered active duty in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. During his four years of active duty, he was deployed to Afghanistan at Bagram Air Field in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He received an honorable discharge in July 2010 as a Lt. Colonel-select. Dr. Klimo joined the Semmes Murphey Clinic in 2010. His clinical area of expertise is pediatric neurosurgery, with particular focus on brain tumor, vascular disorders, endoscopy and concussion. He participated in drafting and lobbying for the recently passed Tennessee Medical Association sponsored sports-concussion bill. He currently serves as the Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. He has authored over 70 papers and book chapters, been the editor of several books and on-line publications, and has given many lectures. Dr. Klimo and his wife, Megan, have four children – Sofia, Isabella, Lukas and Jaxon. Honors and Awards: April 2012 - Graduate – Tennessee Medical Association Physician Leadership College May 2010 - First place award for poster – Wartime Decompressive Craniectomy: Lessons Learned – at the 2010 AANS Annual Meeting in the category of Trauma/Critical Care November 2008 - Diplomat, American Board of Neurological Surgery November 2008 - 2008 USAF Surgical Excellence Award November 2008 - 2008 USAF Clinical Excellence Award-Field Grade Category June 2004 - Resident Research Award – Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society May 2003 - Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (University of Utah) June 1999 - Cornelius G. Dyke Award in Neurology (Medical College of Wisconsin) June 1999 - Outstanding Achievement Award in Pathology (Medical College of Wisconsin) June 1997 - Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (Medical College of Wisconsin) June 1996 - Outstanding Officer Award – Officer Training School (United States Air Force) May 1995 - Health Profession Scholarship (United States Air Force) June 1992 - Canadian National Research Scholarship (Simon Fraser University) Professional Memberships: Diplomat, American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery (ABPNS) Diplomat, American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS) 2008-2012, Elected, AANS/CNS Young Neurosurgeons Committee – Pediatric Section Liaison Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Congress of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS) American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) AANS – Spine/Peripheral Nerve Section AANS – Pediatric Section American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (ASPN) International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) Southern Neurosurgical Society (SNS) Tennessee Neurosurgical Society (TNS) Tennessee Medical Association – member of TMA Judicial Council (2012) – member of TMA Insurance Issues Committee (2013) Press: 3/22/13 - Head injury explorations: Sports injuries increase awareness, focus on concussions 1/18/13 - Memphis reputation grows for pediatrics: Le Bonheur's outcomes lure both patients, specialists Extracurricular Activities & Interests: Tennis Racquetball Biking Skiing Military history Traveling Publications: Dr. Klimo's Publications
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Dr. Klimo Jr's Experience
Dr. Klimo Jr's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Board certified in Neurosurgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Klimo Jr's Board Certifications
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Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Degenerative Disc Disease
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Nerve Sheath Tumors
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Spinal Cord Tumor
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Traumatic Brain Injury
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
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Simon Fraser University
Undergraduate School | Graduated
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical School | Graduated 1999
University of Utah
Internship Hospital | Completed
University of Utah
Residency Hospital | Completed
Children'S Hospital Boston
Fellowship Hospital | Completed
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
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Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
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We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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