Specialties

The medical specialty of neurological surgery encompasses a vast range of medical conditions and treatment options. Here at the USF Department of Neurosurgery, our physicians are equipped with the utmost innovative and technological resources available to treat neurosurgical conditions in our specialty clinics and centers.

Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery

Cerebrovascular neurosurgery focuses on the treatment of complex diseases of the cerebrovascular system, such as stroke, Moyamoya disease, complex brain aneurysms, or arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the head and neck. Patients suffering from cerebrovascular disease receive expert care from a team of USF Health neurosurgeons and neurologists who have taken their training to the highest level, focusing on cerebrovascular and endovascular training in fellowship programs. This multidisciplinary approach to patient care includes weekly case presentations during which providers review and discuss the specifics of each patient, formulating the best possible treatment plan, which may or may not include open surgery, bypasses, or endovascular treatments such as coiling or stenting. 

South Tampa Campus/ Tampa General Hospital:

Harry van Loveren, MD
Siviero Agazzi, MD, MBA, FACS
Maxim Mokin, MD, PhD
Zeguang Ren, MD

North Campus/Florida Hospital Tampa:

Raul Olivera, MD
Jayson Sack, MD

Lakeland Campus/Lakeland Regional Medical Center:

Tsz Lau, MD

The Center for Complex Spinal Disorders

The Center for Complex Spinal Disorders was founded by our department inaugural chairman Dr. David Cahill who was well known as a pioneer in modern spinal surgery. In this center our department spine specialists treat a wide array of disorders and deformities including congenital deformities, degenerative and traumatic disease, as well as spinal tumors, infections, spondylolisthesis, and scoliosis. When appropriate, minimally invasive approaches are used to surgically treat these same conditions as well as the use of motion preservation devices.

Mark Greenberg, MD
Puya Alikhani, MD 
Donald Smith, MD
Thomas Freeman, MD
Naomi Abel, MD (Physical and functional rehabilitation)
Gene Balis, MD  (Neurosurgery, non-surgical)
Laura Pulido, ARNP

North Campus/Florida Hospital Tampa:
Jayson Sack, MD

Lakeland Campus/Lakeland Regional Medical Center:
Michael Campanelli, DO
Jose Torres Gluck, MD

Functional Neurosurgery 

As the name implies, functional neurosurgery refers to chronic neurological disorders that interrupt a person's day to day function, or abilities. This broad term can refer to movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, tremors, or dystonias; spasticity, or a condition in which a person's muscles remain continuously contracted as a result of multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury; epilepsy, or seizure disorders.   

USF Health neurosurgeons work closely with the Movement Disorders Clinic and the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, both within the USF Department of Neurology, as well as Neuropsychology to provide comprehensive patient care, including surgical treatment options such as deep brain stimulation.

Fernando L. Vale, MD
Donald Smith, MD
Yarema Bezchlibnyk, MD
Selim Benbadis, MD  (Neurologist, Epilepsy)
Theresa Zesiewicz, MD (Neurologist, Movement Disorder)
Michael Schoenberg, PHD, ABPP (Neuropsychology) 
Michelle Mattingly, PhD, ABPP (Neuropsychology) 
Teresita Malapria, RN


Pediatric Neurosurgery

The Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, through the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, provides treatment for the entire spectrum of pediatric neurosurgical conditions including hydrocephalus, spinal dysraphism, craniosynostosis, and pediatric brain tumors. Our pediatric neurosurgical specialists provide patient care at Tampa General Hospital as well as Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

George Jallo, MD
Jerry Tuite, MD
Carolyn Carey, MD
Luis Rodriguez, MD

Pituitary Disorders

The Integrated Pituitary Disorders Center offers multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of these complex conditions such as pituitary adenomas or other tumors affecting the pituitary gland. Multidisciplinary evaluation by endocrinologists, neuro-ophthalmologists as well as neurosurgeons in a single integrated setting provides each patient with a comprehensive evaluation and management of pituitary tumors and disoriders. Surgical treatment plans may include endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery or state of the art Cyberknife Radiosurgery, which may be used either as stand alone or in combination with other, non-surgical treatments.  The Center also cooperates closely with community endocrinologists and ophthalmologists to evaluate, assist and follow patients with pituitary tumors.

South Tampa Campus/ Tampa General Hospital:

Fernando Vale, MD
Harry van Loveren, MD
Siviero Agazzi, MD, MBA, FACS
Anthony Morrison, MD (Endocrinology)
Mitchell Drucker, MD (Neuro Ophtalmology)
Mark Tabor, MD (Otolaryngology)

North Campus/Florida Hospital Tampa:

Raul Olivera, MD

Lakeland Campus/Lakeland Regional Medical Center:

Tsz Lau, MD

Neuro-Oncology Program

Based at Tampa General Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center, the Neuro-Oncology Program at USF treats patients with a wide array of tumors of the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system. Our surgeons work closely with colleagues in medical and radiation oncology to design treatment strategies individualized for each patient’s condition. Weekly multidisciplinary tumor conferences allow us to provide each patient with the most personalized and longitudinal treatment plan.

South Tampa Campus/ Tampa General Hospital:

Harry van Loveren, MD
Siviero Agazzi, MD, MBA, FACS
Fernando Vale, MD
Zeguang Ren, MD
Puya Alikhani, MD
Lawrence Berk, MD, PhD (Radiation Oncology)
Michael Jaglal, MD (Neuro-oncology)

North Campus/Florida Hospital Tampa:

Raul Olivera, MD

Lakeland Campus/Lakeland Regional Medical Center:

Tsz Lau, MD

Skull Base Neurosurgery

This center focuses on the treatment of complex tumors of the skull base such as acoustic neuromas and clival chordomas. Evaluation and treatment involves a multidisciplinary team approach comprised of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists and neuro-interventional radiologists. The Center is under the direction of Dr. Harry van Loveren and his skull base team of physicians

Harry van Loveren, MD
Siviero Agazzi, MD, MBA, FACS
Puya Alikhani, MD
K. Paul Boyev, MD (Neuro-Otology)
Mark Tabor, MD (Otolaryngology/Endoscopic Sinus Surgery)
Lawrence Berk, MD, PhD (Radiation Oncology)
Michael Jaglal, MD (Neuro-oncology)

Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Stereotactic Radiosurgery is the delivery of high dose focal radiation, often in a single dose for the treatment of tumors and vascular malformations of the nervous system. It may be an option for otherwise inoperable conditions or as a noninvasive alternative to traditional surgery.

Siviero Agazzi, MD, MBA, FACS
Fernando Vale, MD
Donald Smith, MD
Lawrence Berk, MD, PhD (Radiation Oncology)