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Michael E. Ivan

Michael E. Ivan, M.D.

General Information

Michael E. Ivan, M.D.





  • Neurological Surgery



Clinical Areas

University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative

Brain Tumors
Skull Base Tumors 
Pituitary Tumors 

Acoustic Neuromas 
Eloquent Tumors / Functional Mapping
Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy for Brain Tumors
Laser Tumor Ablation 
Awake Craniotomy
Endoscopic Neurosurgery
Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery 
Fluorescence Guided Surgery
Brain Metastases
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
Cavernous Malformations
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Hemifacial Spasm 


  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Chief of Service, Cranial and Neuro-oncology, Jackson South Medical Center
  • Co-chair of Neurosurgery, Jackson South Medical Center
  • Director of Research, The University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative

Research Interests

  • Invasive qualities of malignant brain tumors
  • Microenvironment of brain tumors
  • Advanced neuro-imaging of brain tumors
  • Tumor fluorescence (5-ALA)
  • Neurooncologic clinical trial development
  • Molecular and genetic targets for the treatment, monitoring, and prognosis of brain tumors
  • Immune-modulated vaccine therapy for brain tumors tumors
  • Laser thermal ablation for brain tumors
  • Clinical outcomes of: primary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, open skull base surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery, MRI-guided laser tumor ablation, gamma knife radiosurgery, and awake craniotomies for complex brain tumors.















Acoustic Neuromas:




University of Miami, Department of Neurosurgery Faculty Teaching Award
Scientific Planning Committee, AANS/YNC
Young Neurosurgeons Committee, AANS
Board of Directors, Florida Neurosurgical Society
Medical Student Task Force, AANS/YNC
Howard Naffziger Resident of the Year Award, UCSF Neurological Surgery
UCSF Award for research in functional and stereotactic neurosurgery
Teaching Award for Cherished Housestaff, UCSF School of Medicine
NREF Brain Tumor Research Grant
UC-Berkeley AMSA Health Conference –Speaker
Neurosurgery in the Rockies, Men’s Downhill Skiing Champion
Vycor Neurosurgery Resident Research Award
UC-Berkeley AMSA Health Conference – Keynote Speaker


Surgical Neuro-oncology Fellowship
University of Miami
Chief Residency
University of California, San Francisco
Neurosurgery Residency
University of California, San Francisco
Post-doctorate Neuro-oncology Research Fellowship
University of California, San Francisco
General Surgery Internship
University of California, San Francisco
New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University
M.B.S., Biomedical Sciences
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Rutgers University
B.S. Chemical Engineering
Cornell University


Dr. Michael E. Ivan is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami where he acts as Jackson South's Chief of Cranial Neurosurgery and Neuro-oncology Service and Co-Director of Neurosurgery. He is also the Director of Research for the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative within Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ivan is one of the few neurosurgeons in Florida that specialized in Skull Base Lesions, Brain Tumors, and Epilepsy.   He is an active member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and is a leader among his peers, serving as the Vice Chairman of the Young Neurosurgeon's Committee for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. 

Dr. Ivan graduated from Cornell University and received his Doctorate of Medicine and Master's Degree from UMDNJ/Rutgers University. While at Rutgers Medical School, he served as President of his class and was honored as a Gold Humanism Scholar. He then completed his neurological surgery training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), consistently ranked as one of the top neurosurgical training programs in the United States. At UCSF, Dr. Ivan focused on the treatment and management of brain tumors, vascular malformations, and skull base lesions. He was awarded the Howard Naffziger award for best clinical resident and received multiple awards for his research on brain tumors and stereotactic neurosurgery.  After residency, he moved to Miami and completed a fellowship in Surgical Neuro-Oncology at the University of Miami. At UM, he continues his research on minimally invasive brain tumor management with state of the art treatments, including endoscopic approaches, laser interstitial thermal therapy, fluorescence guided surgery, and radiosurgery. As a testament to his dedication to medical education, Dr. Ivan was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished House staff from UCSF and most recently was awarded the Department of Neurosurgery Faculty Teaching Award at the University of Miami.

 The primary focus of Dr. Ivan's clinical, academic, and research interests has been on the microenvironment of brain tumors and their invasive qualities. He has published more than 60 manuscripts and textbook chapters and has presented his work at multiple national neurosurgical meetings. In recognition for his post-doctorate work on the role of glioma pathogenesis and invasion, he received a research grant from the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF). Dr. Ivan's laboratory is currently continuing his brain tumor research with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. To contact Dr. Ivan about surgery or his research please email: mivan@med.miami.edu.


Professional Organizations

  • AANS - Young Neurosurgeons Committee: Vice Chairmen 2018-present
  • AANS - Young Neurosurgeons Committee: Medical Student Task Force Chair 2015-present
  • AANS - Young Neurosurgeons Committee: Liaison to History Section 2014-2017
  • AANS - Young Neurosurgeons Committee: Liaison to Scientific Planning Committee 2014-present
  • AANS - Young Neurosurgeons Committee: Top Gun Subcommittee 2014-2015
  • AANS - Young Neurosurgeon’s Committee- Director of Young Neurosurgeon’s Research Forum – AANS Annual Meeting 2017 & 2018  
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons: Tumor section member; 2010 to present
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons: CV Section Member 2010 to present
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons: Member 2009 to present
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons:  Member 2009 to present
  • Florida Neurosurgical Society - Treasurer 2017-2018
  • Florida Neurosurgical Society - Secretary 2016-2017
  • Florida Neurosurgical Society – Executive Board 2015-present
  • Society of Neurooncology: Member 2014 to present
  • Florida Medical Association: Member 2015
  • Florida Board of Medicine: 2015


Patient Comments

Recent Reviews:

Feb 10, 2018

Dr. Ivan has the best bedside manner of all of the doctors I have seen. He is professional and caring and I have the utmost confidence in his abilities. Anonymous in Miami, FL


January 9th, 2018

He is the best! He is the reason I'm completely seizure free. Stupendous job! Anonymous in Miami, FL


Dec 24, 2017

Dr. Ivan gave me my eyesight back. I saw another doctor that did not give me any hope for restoring my eyesight. Dr. Ivan is caring, understanding and has a great bedside manner. I would drive the 3 hours to see him anytime! Judy in Cape Coral, FL


Dec 24, 2017

Dr. Ivan was Great! It was the best medical experience in my lifetime!!!!! Nelcy in West Palm Beach, FL


Nov 04, 2017

From the beginning, Dr. Ivan and his team have been welcoming, knowledgeable and so effective. I could not have made a better decision than to trust my life in his hands! Nitya in Princeton, NJ


Oct 31, 2017

Everything has gone above and beyond my expectations! David in Naples FL


Oct 31, 2017

Doctor Ivan is the Best!!!! Dr. Ivan explained the very accurately the whole procedure before it was done. I will recommend Dr. Ivan to anyone with the same or similar diagnoses? Thank you Dr. Ivan!!!! Leighton in Miramar, FL


Oct 21, 2017

The best experience with Dr. Ivan! Thank you for saving my life. Love him! The best doctor!  Carmen in Miami, FL


Oct 14, 2017

Dr. Ivan is the most competent, skilled, caring doctor we have met! His bedside manner is great! He is an awesome doctor! David in Palm City, FL


Sep 02, 2017

Dr. Ivan was profession, courteous, kind and a resourceful. I can't say thank you enough to Dr. Ivan and his staff. They set the bar for excellence in their area! I trust him with my life! Also front desk was great! R. Mingle in Plantation, FL


Aug 10, 2017

Dr. Ivan is my FAVORITE Doctor in the WORLD! He saved my life!!! Maria in Miami, FL


Jul 15, 2017

Dr. Ivan is great!!! We can not find any other words describing his work with patients. He's a dedicated professional, and his results are outstanding! Enrique de Vera in Miami, FL


Jul 13, 2017

I recommend Dr. Ivan 100%!!! I never knew a doctor like him... He is very professional, an excellent person, and provides excellent services! Thank you Dr. Ivan! Anonymous in Miami, FL


Jun 24, 2017

Dr. Ivan has been a blessing to our family. His prompt responses have given us the information and care needed in this kind of situation. His knowledge has given our father such a relief. He is a very amazing human! Hans in Coral Springs, FL


May 27, 2017

Dr. Ivan is wonderful!! I would HIGHLY recommend him!!! Linda in Delray Beach, FL


May 06, 2017

Dr. Ivan is very good and caring. He did a great job removing my acoustic neuroma tumor. Tariq in Fort Lauderdale


Apr 29, 2017

He did an excellent job! He explains in detail of all of the treatment options and what was best for me. He was very accessible, knowledgeable and caring. Recommend him 100% for skull base surgery. Juan in Guayaquil, Ecuador


Apr 08, 2017

Dr. Ivan has returned life to my mom and my family and I am eternally grateful. Thank you Doctor. Anonymous


Apr 01, 2017

Dr. Ivan is the most excellent, professional, and exceptional doctor I have even seen. He is the most kind and patient physician I have ever been seen by. Alexandra in Hialeah, FL


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