Meet Your Team

David Rothbart, MD, FAANS, FACS


As an experienced neurosurgeon, Dr. Rothbart employs the latest minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery and serves as the medical director of Spine Team Texas.

Applying years of experience and clinical expertise, Dr. Rothbart performed a ground-breaking artificial disc replacement surgery at the end of 2005. While the surgery was a great success, Dr. Rothbart remains committed to ensuring that all nonsurgical options have been explored before spine surgery is discussed with a patient. When surgery is determined to be the only source for long-term relief, he employs minimally-invasive techniques that involve smaller incisions and minimized risk. His techniques have provided much-needed relief to many of his patients.

Dr. Rothbart has served as the medical director of neurosurgery at several DFW hospitals. Prior to coming to Texas, he practiced at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and was also an associate professor of neurosurgery at Rush College of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Rothbart completed his fellowship at the renowned Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. His residency training in neurosurgery was completed at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, where he studied angiogenesis and brain edema before going on to instruct in neuroanatomy at the university.

Dr. Rothbart has many professional affiliations, including ones with the following organizations: American College of Surgeons, American Board of Neurological Surgery, National Board of Medical Examiners, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.

Areas of expertise/services provided: 

  • Management of all spine-related ailments
  • Focus on minimally invasive spine surgery when surgical intervention is necessary

Professional Qualifications

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Medical School

Doctor of Medicine
University of Illinois; Chicago, IL


Residency in Neurosurgery
Yale University; New Haven, CT
Fellowship in Neurosurgery
Barrow Neurological Institute; Phoenix, AZ

Awards and Recognitions

Living Magazine "Top Docs" (2021)

360 West Magazine "Top Docs" (2019, 2020, 2021)

Fort Worth Magazine “Top Doctor” (2013, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Southlake Style "Top Docs" (2016, 2019, 2020)

Dallas Morning News (Castle Connolly) "Top Doctor" (2018)

Fort Worth Business “HealthCare Hero” (2016)

Spine Surgeon Leadership Awards (2013, 2015)

U.S. News & World Report “Top Doctor” (2012)