Paul Klimo, Jr., MD, MPH

Paul Klimo

Dr. Paul Klimo Jr. 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 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. 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)
  • June 2019 - Top Doctors List, Memphis Magazine

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)


  • 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


Dr. Klimo’s Publications

Disorders & Treatments

Additional Areas of Expertise

  • Hydrocephalus (Complex)
  • Spina Bifida
  • Congenital Brain & Spinal Abnormalities
  • Vascular Malformations 
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Moyamoya Syndrome 


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