Paul Klimo, Jr, MD


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Dr. Paul Klimo Jr. was born in Madison, Wisconsin to emigrants from the former Soviet-bloc country of Czechoslovakia. He grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and majored in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed 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. Upon completion of his fellowship, he entered active duty in the United States Air Force as a neurosurgeon stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. During his four years in the military, he did a tour of duty in Afghanistan at Bagram Air Field as the military's only in-theatre deployed neurosurgeon. He received an honorable discharge in July 2010 as a Lt. Colonel-select.

Dr. Klimo's clinical area of expertise is pediatric neurosurgery, in particular the management of children with vascular disorders, brain tumors, endoscopic techniques for hydrocephalus and tethered spinal cord. He has authored over 40 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 recently relocated to the Memphis area. They have three children: Sofia, Isabella and Lukas.

Honors and Awards

  • Diplomat, American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • 2008 USAF Surgical Excellence Award
  • 2008 USAF Clinical Excellence Award-Field Grade Category
  • Resident Research Award – Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Cornelius G. Dyke Award in Neurology
  • Outstanding Achievement Award in Pathology
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Outstanding Officer Award – Officer Training School (USAF)
  • Health Profession Scholarship (USAF)
  • Canadian National Research Scholarship

Professional Memberships

  • Diplomat, American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS)
  • 2008 Elected, AANS/CNS Young Neurosurgeons Committe – Pediatric Section Liason
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Extracurricular Activities

  • Tennis, Racquetball, Biking, Skiing

Interests Outside of Medicine

  • Military history, Traveling