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Ricardo J. Komotar

Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., FAANS, FACS

General Information

Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D., FAANS, FACS





  • Neurological Surgery


English, Spanish

Clinical Areas

Video Introduction


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery


  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Director of Neurosurgery Residency Program
  • Director of Surgical Neurooncology
  • Director of Surgical Neurooncology Fellowship Program
  • Director of The University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative

Research Interests

Primary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, endoscopic skull base surgery, MRI-guided laser tumor ablation, gamma knife radiosurgery, awake craniotomies for complex brain tumors using intraoperative monitoring of motor, sensory, and language function.

Neurooncologic clinical trial development, immune-modulated vaccine therapy for brain tumors, tumor fluorescence (5-ALA), tumor genetics with DNA/RNA sequencing and targeted drug development, molecular markers in gliomas as predictors of tumor progression, response, and prognosis.



Executive Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Executive Committee, AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
NFL Concussion Committee, Neurotrauma Consultant
Board of Directors, CNS Foundation
Guest Editor, Neurosurgery Journal
Associate Editor, Operative Neurosurgery Journal
President, Florida Neurosurgical Society
Scientific Planning Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Medical Director, UMH Brain Tumor Service
Co-Chair, Development Committee, AANS
Chair, Program Committee, Florida Neurosurgical Society
Chair, Fellowships Committee, CNS
Chair, Tumor Program Committee, AANS Annual Meeting
Chair, Development Committee, CNS
Editorial Board, Neurosurgery Journal
Chair, International Committee, AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
Board of Directors, Florida Neurosurgical Society
Scientific Planning Committee, AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
Young Neurosurgeons Committee, AANS
Medical Advisory Board, Florida Brain Tumor Association
Scientific Review Committee, Society of Neurooncology
Education Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Miami
Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award, VABC
Cancer Committee, University of Miami Hospital
Research Advisory Committee, Sylvester Cancer Center
South Florida Super Doctors
Powell Cancer Research Award
Best Doctors in America - American Health Council
Emmy Award Nomination
N.I.H. Research Fellowship, Columbia University
Neuroscience Research Fellowship, Columbia University
Neuroscience Award, The Johns Hopkins University
Founder, National Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament


2011 Surgical Neurooncology Fellowship
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
2010 Chief Residency
Columbia University
2009 Neurosurgery Residency
Columbia University
2005 Research Fellowship
Columbia University
2004 General Surgery Internship
Columbia University
2003 Doctor of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins University
1999 B.S., Neuroscience
Duke University
1998 Neuropharmacology
Oxford University



Informational Videos

Awake Craniotomy

Cancer Vaccine

Awake Craniotomy

NBC News

CBS News

Palm Beach Magazine

ABC News

Miami Herald

Laser Tumor Ablation

NBC News

Fox News

Brain tumors targeted with life-changing procedure

Pituitary Tumor Surgery

National Brain Tumor Charity

ABC News

The Wall Street Journal

Sports Related Concussions

Fox News

Sporting News

Brain Tumor Vaccine

NBC News

CBS News

FOX News

ABC News

Miami Herald

Fluorescence-Guided Tumor Surgery

Miami Herald

CBS News

NBC News

ABC News

FOX News


Patient Comments




Patient Reviews and Testimonials

 Visit Dr. Komotar's Healthgrades page

"I, my husband, my family, my Canadian GP, my friends who are doctors in Canada all consider Dr. Komotar an extraordinary neurosurgeon and human being. This review is limited to 500 characters. I have written 10 times this in other places describing what he did to save my life (removed a baseball sized brain tumor) and help me recover. My advice if you need a neurosurgeon - go directly to Dr. Komotar ASAP. You want absolutely the best care in the world for your brain and he provides that."

-Ida Chen - patient

"Dr. Komotar is the most knowledgeable, kind and compassionate man. He is honest and patient and most importantly, on top of his research and treatment. He and his team offer the most cutting edge options, and we could not be more grateful to have him taking care of Jamie. We are certain Jamie would not have had the same outcome and been able to continue this fight as he does, every day, were he not under Dr. K's care. We thank you."

-The Cayuso Family

"Dr. Komotar is, of course, a highly skilled and incredibly talented surgeon. What clearly separates him from the many other neurosurgeons we interviewed is his obvious passion for his work and his patients. Rather than divorcing himself from the case after completing the surgery, he right is by your side throughout your treatment. He is responsive, dedicated, clear, and honest. He simply inspires your confidence, and it’s never misplaced."

-Allison Lane, patient’s family member

"To say the least, Dr. Komotar and his staff have been the best experience I have ever encountered. They are at the top of their game in professionalism and courtesy. I could not have been recommended to go to a better hospital. Thanks again for your wisdom and professionalism on my issue, as Dr. Komotar is the best doctor I have ever experienced."

- Ronald Guillen, Patient

"I was diagnosed with a meningioma 5 weeks ago. Dr. Komotar operated on me 3 weeks ago and removed the tumor. As soon as I met Dr. Komotar, I instinctively knew he was the best candidate to perform my surgery. He is brilliant but also compassionate; a winning combination. I was very impressed by the fact that he was generous with his time, explaining the procedure in order to afford the patient all the information pertinent to the surgery. He gave my family and myself peace of mind. Before my surgery, I was already blind out of my right eye due to compression from the tumor; only three weeks later I can now see out of this eye for the first time in a long time. I’d like to add that his staff is amazing, always making sure that the patient is comfortable and healing well. Thanks to Dr. Komotar, my quality of life has improved significantly."

- Ana Maria Soto - Patient

"My decision to choose Dr. Komotar was one of the best decisions I have every made. Dr. Komotar and his entire staff were excellent during the entire process. They made the pre-op and post-op very easy and comforting. I was very impressed with the technology they used to preform this complicated surgery. They are using the most advanced equipment in the market and continue to strive to use the best and latest tools available. Dr. K was highly recommended to me by a family friend that also had to have surgery. She was also very pleased with how her operation turned out and said she would recommend him to everyone. Dr. K is the most responsive doctor I have every dealt with. I could send him a text or email and he would respond immediately once he received the inquiry. He never hesitated to take care of all my needs and answer any question I had. Thanks again Dr. Komotar! Please continue your great work. God Bless You and your staff"

- Richard F. Haisley II, Patient

"Dr. Komotar and his team are heaven sent. Dr. Komotar's knowledge, compassion, dedication and bedside manner go over and beyond the call of duty. Years later, he is still just a phone call away. I am living proof that Komotar is the best choice."

- Virginia Baez D'Attilo - Patient

"A couple phone calls, a couple emails, and without hesitation Dr. Komotar had our father scheduled surgery first thing on his hectic Monday morning. It's unheard of to have a Doctor as reachable and approachable as Dr. Komotar. He understands the power of efficient communication. Dr. Komotar radiates confidence and it never failed us - rather his confidence lifted our thoughts of despair to images of hope. Our father had brain surgery on Monday and went home completely normal and tumor free the next day. "Miracle Worker" is not adequate enough to describe what Dr. Komotar and his team have done for our family. The combination of being a highly skilled neurosurgeon at the top of his profession and exhibiting such natural social etiquette is something you just don't see enough of today. Dr. Komotar is truly a rare gem, a rare gift in our world that we should all foster, seek out, and be very thankful for."

-The Tuck Family – Boca Raton, FL / New York, NY

Dr. Komotar is Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in neuroscience from Duke University, spending a year at Oxford University in England to focus on neuropharmacology. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with highest honors and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at Columbia University Medical Center/The Neurological Institute of New York, followed by a surgical neurooncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to specialize in brain tumors.


As Director of the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative, Director of Surgical Neurooncology at the University of Miami, Director of the UM Neurosurgery Residency Program, and Director of the UM Surgical Neurooncology Fellowship Program, Dr. Komotar’s main clinical interests are surgical and radiosurgical (Gamma Knife) treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, as well as meningiomas and pituitary lesions. Dr. Komotar is an internationally recognized leader in the field of brain tumors and performs nearly 700 procedures for these conditions each year using advanced cutting-edge surgical/radiosurgical techniques, making him one of the highest volume brain tumor surgeons in the world.


His research interests include clinical trial development and translational neurooncologic investigations designed to pioneer new therapies for brain tumors. Author of over 500 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and invited editorials, Dr. Komotar has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as other national and regional grants. He has served on the Executive Committee for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Executive Board for the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Tumors. He is Founder and Director of the Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament to benefit brain tumor research. He is a member of the Society of Neurooncology and reviewer for both Neurosurgery and the Journal of Neurosurgery. Dr. Komotar is also an Emmy ® nominated physician for his work on the series “Breakthrough Medicine”.