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, including, stroke, Moya Moya disease, intracranial aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. Cerebrovascular care is provided by fellowship trained neurosurgeons and neurologists. Management of these conditions requires a multidisciplinary evaluation and each case is reviewed and discussed during weekly cerebrovascular conferences to present each patient with the best individualized treatment plan with either open surgery, bypasses or endovascular treatments (coiling, stenting).

South Tampa Campus/ Tampa General Hospital:

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

North Campus/Florida Hospital Tampa:

Raul Olivera, 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.

Juan Uribe, MD
Donald Smith, MD
Thomas Freeman, MD
Mark Greenberg, MD
Armen Deukmedjan, MD
Roe Vasan, MD

Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Learn more about the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.

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, All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Tampa.

George Jallo, MD
Arthur Marlin, MD
Sarah Gaskill, MD
Jerry Tuite, DM
Carolyn Carey, MD
Luis Rogriguez, MD

Pituitary Disorders

The Integrated Pituitary Disorders Center offers multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of these complex conditions. 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 Endoscopic Transsphenoidal surgery and Cyberknife Radiosurgery are used either as stand alone or combined treatments pituitary adenomas or other tumors affecting the pituitary gland. 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
Puya Alikhani, 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

Movement Disorders

Movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonias are often only poorly controlled with medication. Dr. Donald Smith and Dr. Fernando L. Vale work closely with the Movement Disorders Clinic within the USF Department of Neurology to provide surgical treatment options, most often requiring deep brain stimulation to patients with these and other conditions.

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 (Medical 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 (Medical 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)

Surgical Pain Management Services

Pain has always been a misunderstood and often poorly treated condition. As research has increased our understanding of the causes of pain, we have seen our treatment options increase. Many pain conditions are poorly controlled by conservative measures and other conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia, are best treated surgically.

Our department offers a wide array of surgical options for the treatment of pain including microvascular decompression, spinal cord stimulation, intra-thecal delivery systems, and neuro-ablative procedures. Dr. Donald Smith and Dr. Harry van Loveren offer surgical treatment for primary pain conditions as well as unremitting post-surgical pain when conservative measures fail. This procedure is available at Moffitt Cancer Center.