David J. McCarthy, MD

  • PGY-2 Resident

David McCarthy, MD, MS, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July of 2020 after graduating from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Prior to matriculation, Dr. McCarthy received additional education in clinical and biomedical research to earn a master’s of clinical and translational research with a focus in statistics. Dr. McCarthy studied biochemistry at the University of Florida.

During medical school, Dr. McCarthy cultivated an interest in ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke treatment modalities and outcomes. In the laboratory he investigated endothelial dysfunction in aneurysms and pharmaceutical stroke recovery enhancement. For aneurysms, he researched molecular inhibition of pathologic endothelial cell expression and enhanced endothelization following endovascular treatment modalities. In ischemic stroke he utilized a murine photochemical cortical stroke model to assess the efficacy of various neuroprotective pharmaceutical agents. In clinical research, Dr. McCarthy authored and co-authored manuscripts that focused on optimizing neuroendovascular access, and post stroke thrombectomy critical care.

Dr. McCarthy’s research interests include neurosurgical epidemiology and treatment trends, neuroendovascular devices, and the molecular physiology of cerebral aneurysms. He hopes to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning for computation flow dynamic assessment of cerebral aneurysms, comparing physiologic cell stress to genomic expression. Additionally, he hopes to contribute to neurosurgical literature with the improvement of current statistical methods.

Dr. McCarthy was raised in Tampa, Fla. In his free time, he enjoys creating art (resin, graphite), winter mountaineering, skiing, hiking, running, and weightlifting.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Cerebrovascular neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, pediatric neurosurgery, functional neurosurgery, and neurotrauma.

Professional Organization Membership

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Heart Association: Stroke Council
Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Education & Training

  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Florida, 2014
  • MS, University of Miami, 2018
  • MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 2020

Honors & Awards

  • Judson Scholarship Recipient, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 2014-2020
  • American Heart Association - ISC Junior Investigator Travel Award/Grant, 2019
  • Eastern Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF) - Second Place Clinical Poster Award, 2018
  • American Heart Association - Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Fellowship Recipient, 2017
  • Eugene J. Sayfie Research Day - Best Clinical Poster Presentation Winner, 2017
  • Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) - Medical Student Research Fellow, 2017
  • Clinical and Translational Investigation Scholarship, University of Miami, 2017
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductee, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 2017