David Anderson, MD


Academic Title


Clinical Title

University of Minnesota Physician


Medical School
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Internal Medicine
University of Rochester

University of Minnesota

Vascular Neurology
University of Minnesota

Medical Fellow in Internal Medicine
Strong Memorial Hospital and
University of Rochester

Medical Fellow in Neurology
University of Minnesota

Contact Info


Office Phone Number
612-873-2608 (HCMC)
612-626-9517 (U of M)

Office Fax Number
612-904-4270 (HCMC)
612-625-7950 (U of M)

Administrative Contact
Krista Wilson

Office Address
Department of Neurology
Hennepin County Medical Center
701 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415

Department of Neurology
University of Minnesota
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address

Department of Neurology
University of Minnesota
MMC 295, 420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Bio Statement

I was raised in Rochester, Minnesota with five younger siblings. I went to public schools in Rochester and to Union College, then an all men's college in Schenectady, New York, where I studied English literature. After college I went to Medical School at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1969. I enjoyed neurology (with AB Baker) and internal medicine rotations most of all. I completed training in internal medicine in 1972 at Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. The training experience at Strong was humanistic and inspiring. I returned to the University of Minnesota for neurology training with Dr. Baker and faculty, completing the residency in 1975. We were taught to think like neurologists.

After finishing training I joined the faculty of the department of neurology of the University of Minnesota at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), where Milton Ettinger was chief. Over the years I had many outstanding colleagues there and at the University. I practiced general neurology in the HCMC department and was very involved in teaching. I served as chairman of the undergraduate teaching program of the department for many years and had various roles in the neurology residency program. Because of the acuity of cases at HCMC, a downtown safety net and teaching hospital, I became particularly interested in stroke. I participated in several major clinical trials in stroke. These experiences and the connections made were very important and precious. Other scholarly projects kept me busy through the years and fueled local collaborations that have been equally invaluable personally and professionally.

As I became more senior I was increasingly involved in administrative and leadership activities in the hospital, department, medical school, and in professional organizations. Some experiences that were particularly formative or memorable include leadership of the Research and Education Committee of Hennepin Faculty Associates, the practice plan of HCMC; chair of the Baker Section of the American Academy of Neurology; chair of the Residency Review Committee for Neurology; and assistant chief of neurology under Milt Ettinger. After Milt retired in 1995, I became chief at HCMC and, in 2001, head of neurology at the University. These last roles were heavily administrative. In 2008 I became chair of the Accreditation Council of the United Council for Neurological Subspecialties serving until 2011.

My wife Martha and I settled in St. Paul where we raised our four children, three of whom are in town. We currently have eight grandchildren.

In July 2010, I retired as head of neurology and took a three-month leave of absence from the department. I restarted work in October, 2010. My work goal is to assist the new head, Jerrold Vitek, in advancing the department's missions. I also find myself busy with several editing and volunteer activities that prevent idleness.

Research Interests

Dr. Anderson's research interests include stroke treatment and prevention, the development of health services, and medical education.

Research Projects

Dr. Anderson's research projects are focused on epilepsy and stroke including the causes and treatment of stroke and trends in the survival rates of stroke patients. He is the Principal Investigator of a study of secondary prevention of small subcortical strokes sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and he recently served as a co-investigator in a study entitled “High Resolution Spatio-temporal Functional Neuroimaging in Epilepsy” funded by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology.