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.

Division for Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery

This division focuses on the treatment of complex diseases of the cerebrovascular system, including intracranial aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. Management of these conditions requires a multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment involving neurosurgeons and neuro-interventionalists. The division is under the direction of Dr. Peter Kan.

Division of Spinal Neurosurgery

The Division of Spinal Neurosurgery is directed by Juan Uribe, M.D. and a team of neurosurgeons which include, Elias Dakwar, M.D., Armen Deukmedjian, M.D., Thomas Freeman, M.D., Mark Greenberg, M.D., Yoav Ritter, M.D., and Donald Smith, M.D. whose primary focus is on the diagnosis and treatment of the most serious and complex manifestations of disease in the spine.

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, and scoliosis. When appropriate, minimally invasive approaches are used to surgically treat these same conditions as well as the use of motion preservation devices.

Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Learn more about the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.

Division of 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.

Pituitary Disorders Clinic

The Integrated Pituitary Disorders Center offers multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of these complex conditions. The center is under the direction of Dr. Fernando L. Vale, Dr. Mitch Drucker, and Dr. Anthony Morrison. This monthly clinic utilizes endocrinologists, neuro-ophthalmologists as well as neurosurgeons in a single integrated setting. The center provides hormonal treatment and replacement therapy as well as surgical management.

Center for 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.

Center for 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

Stereotactic Radiosurgery Center

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.

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.