Dr. David Darrow

(757) 668-9327
Board Certifications

American Board of Otolaryngology


Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine

Residency: University of California San Diego Medical Center

Fellowship: Children's Memorial Center, Chicago


Dr. Darrow is the founder and co-director of the EVMS center for hemangiomas and vascular birthmarks, a multidisciplinary treatment program for patients with these disorders, and was recently named Physician of the Year by the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF), an international non-profit organization serving families affected by vascular birthmarks.

He has lectured locally and nationally on proper diagnosis and management of middle ear disease in children and written extensively on indications for tonsil and adenoid surgery. He was appointed to the panel that crafted the recently published national guideline on tonsillectomy in children.

Dr. Darrow served for 13 years on the executive committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on otolaryngology - head & neck surgery, including terms as its chair and program chair. He served on AAP panels that developed guidelines for management of sinusitis and follow-up care of tympanostomy tubes and is currently participating in the development of referral guidelines for children with vascular birthmarks. He is a past member of the board of directors of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.

A native of New York City, Dr. Darrow now resides in Virginia Beach.  He is married, with two sons and two daughters.  He feels that the beauty and marine culture of the Hampton Roads area attracts the best and brightest pediatric subspecialists to CHKD, while the hospital's size allows the staff to provide care for patients in a warm, intimate environment. 

Clinical Interests
  • Hemangiomas and vascular birthmarks
  • Otitis media
Honors & Awards
  • Virginia Business Magazine "Top Doc" 2024
  • AAP Otolaryngology Advocacy Award
  • Physician of the Year, Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, 2017
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2014-2022
  • 2013 Sylvan Stool Award for Teaching and Service, Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advances in Children
  • 2013 Faculty Teaching Award, EVMS Residency in Otolaryngology
  • 2009, 2011-12 “Top Ten Reviewer”, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Journal
  • 2012-13 Hampton Roads Magazine "Top Docs"
  • 2011 Hampton Roads Magazine "Super Docs"
  • 2004 Hampton Roads Magazine “Top Docs For Kids”
  • 2013 America’s Top Physicians
  • 2003, 2005-13 America’s Top Doctors (voted top 1% nationally 2010, 2012) 
  • 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007-09, 2012-13 “Best Doctors in America” 
  • 2009-12 Patients' Choice Award
  • 2001 Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • 1996 Elected to membership in Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • 1993 Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Teaching as a Resident, UCSD Department of Surgery 
Community Involvement and Memberships
  • “Popcorn kernel,” Cub Scout Pack 63
  • Broad Bay Island Civic League
  • Board member, www.birthmarks.com
  • Dr. Darrow's published research can be viewed at PubMed
A Note from Dr. Darrow

"I fell in love with CHKD the very first time I visited Norfolk. Our hospital provides high quality 'big city' specialty care for children in a small-town atmosphere.  The beauty and marine culture of the Hampton Roads area attracts the best and brightest pediatric subspecialists to our hospital, while our size allows us to provide care for patients in a warm, intimate environment."