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Roberto C. Heros, M.D.

General Information

Roberto C. Heros, M.D.


  • Fax: 305-243-3247


  • Neurological Surgery


English, Spanish

Clinical Areas

Cerebrovascular surgery, skull base surgery, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, brain tumors


  • American Board of Neurological Surgery


  • Professor & Co-Chairman of Neurological Surgery
  • Resident Program Director

Research Interests

Cerebral Protection Against Ischemia


  • Pub Med Link
  • Heros RC: Simpson grade and treatment. J Neurosurg 113:1026-1028.
  • Heros RC: Contralateral approach to the atrium of the lateral ventricle. J Neurosurg 113:947-948.
  • Heros RC: Constant facial pain in the trigeminal distribution. Does it respond to microvascular decompression? J Neurosurg 113:508-510.
  • Heros RC: Malignant Meningiomas. J Neurosurg 113:199-201.
  • Quintero Wolfe S, Heros RC: A Rathke cleft cyst to craniopharyngioma: Is there a spectrum? J Neurosurg 112:1322-1323.
  • Heros RC: Highly cited works in neurosurgery. J Neurosurg 112:220-222.
  • Heros RC: Foix-Alajouanine syndrome: What is it? J Neurosurg 111:900-901.
  • Heros RC: Distal arterial occlusion for dissecting aneurysms. J Neurosurg 111:75-77.
  • Heros RC: Weekend versus weekday admission mortality. J Neurosurg 111:57-59.
  • Farhat HI, Elhammady MS, Ziayee H, Aziz-Sultan MA, Heros RC: Eagle syndrome as a cause of transient ischemic attacks. J Neurosurg 110:90-93.
  • Heros RC: Results of microvascular decompression for trigeminal Neuralgia. J Neurosurg 110:617-619.
  • Elhammady SA, Baskaya MK and Heros RC: Early elective surgical Exploration of spontaneous intracerebral hematomas of unknown origin. J Neurosurg 109:1005-1011.
  • Heros RC: Vascular neurosurgery since the International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial. J Neurosurg 109:989-991.
  • Sandberg DI and Heros RC: Influence of protein, red blood cell count, and surgical site on shunt performance following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Neurosurg 109:998-1000.
  • Heros RC: Does the use of adjunctive devices increase the incidence of thromboembolic complications? J Neurosurg 108:1093-1094.
  • Heros RC: Sole stenting. J Neurosurg 108:1101-1103.
  • Heros RC: Multimodality treatment of posterior fossa arteriovenous malformations. J Neurosurg 108:1148-1151.
  • Heros RC: Neurosurgical treatment for non-malignant pain. J Neurosurg 109:387-388.
  • Heros RC: International subarachnoid aneurysm trial analysis. J Neurosurg 108, March 2008.
  • Heros RC: Developmental venous anomalies with arterial supply. J Neurosurg 108:1139-1141.
  • Heros RC: Antiepileptic drugs and subarachnoid hemorrhage. J Neurosurg 107:251-252.
  • Heros RC: Comment on a classic cerebrovascular study. J Neurosurg 107:885-886.
  • Heros RC: Meningiomas involving the sinus. J Neurosurg 105:511-513.
  • Heros RC, Morcos JM: Neurosurgical Education. Clinical Neurosurgery 53:26-37.
  • Heros RC: Meningiomas involving the sinus. J Neurosurg 105:511-513.
  • Heros RC, Morcos JM: Neurosurgical Education. Clinical Neurosurgery 53:26-37.
  • Baskaya MK, Jea A, Heros RC, Javahary R, Sultan A: Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformations. Clinical Neurosurgery 53:114-144.
  • Quintero Wolfe S, Baskaya MK, Heros RC, Tummala RP: Cerebral Aneurysms: Learning from the Past and Looking toward the Future. Clinical Neurosurgery 53:157-178.
  • Heros RC: Complications of balloon-assisted coil embolization of intracranial aneurysms. J Neurosurg 105:393-395.
  • Heros RC and Zauner A: Early experience with Matrix detachable coils. J Neurosurg 105:190-191.
  • Heros RC: Gamma knife surgery for dural arteriovenous fistulas. J Neurosurg 104:861-863.
  • Heros RC: Clip ligation or coil occlusion? J. Neurosurg 104:341-343.
  • Tummala RP, Heros RC, Sheth RN, El-Hammady MS, Morcos JJ: Surgical Management of Giant Aneurysms of the Middle Cerebral Artery. Operative Techniques in Neurosurgery 85-92.
  • Baskaya MK, Heros RC: Indications for and complications of Embolization of cerebral arteriovenous malformations. J Neurosurg 104:183-187.


Cor-Vitae Award of the American Heart Association
Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)
AANS Harvey Cushing Medalist
Cushing Medalist of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Heart Association's Cor Vitae Award In Stroke
Edgar Kahn University of Michigan
Shelley Chou Annual Lecturer, University of Minnesota
Guest Speaker-White Coat Ceremony
President of the World Congress of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
Honorary President of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
Honored Guest of Hellenic Neurosurgical Congress
Drake Lecturer, Cerebrovascular Joint Section
Federation of Latin American Neurosurgical Societies (FLANC) Medal
The 2008 William Hunt Lecturer
William Henry Hudson Lecturer
Raimondi Lecturer
Distinguished Visiting Professor
"Honored Guest"
Henderson Lecturer
"Health Care Hero Award"
Charles Fager Lecturer
Honorary President
"Honored Guest"
Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award
Gulati Oration
Honored Guest
Honored Guest
Honored Guest
Honored Guest
President of the Congress
Inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society
Honored Guest
Honored Guest
JG Galbraith Honored Lecturer
Matthew Wood Memorial Lecturer
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
Honored Guest
Robert L. Campbell Visiting Professor
Beks Distinguished Lecturer
Visiting Professor
Honorary Member
Gardner Lecturer and Visiting Professor
Eustace Semmes Honored Guest
Gardner Lecturer and Visiting Professor
Honored Guest
Benjamin Whitcomb Honored Guest
Goldwater Lecturer and Visiting Professor
Tindall Visiting Professor
Honored Guest & Keynote Speaker
Donaghy Annual Lecturer


1977 Residency
Harvard Medical School
1968 M.D.
University of Tennessee
1964 Pre-Med
Southwestern at Memphis


Roberto C. Heros was born in 1942 in Havana, Cuba. He left Cuba for exile after the Communist takeover in 1960. He participated as a paratrooper in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion. After two years in prison, he was released as part of an exchange with the United States government. He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee where he graduated, first in his class, in 1968. Following an internship and first year general surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital he joined the U.S. Air Force for two years with the rank of Major, USAF.

Dr. Heros had his Neurosurgical Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). After completion of his residency in 1977, he moved to the University of Pittsburgh as Assistant Professor. In 1980, he moved back to the MGH to become Director of Cerebrovascular Surgery. He moved through the academic ranks at Harvard to reach full professorship in 1989. At that time, he moved to the University of Minnesota as the Lyle A. French Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery. At different times while at Minnesota he was also asked to serve as Acting Chairman of the Departments of Neurology and Urology and as Vice Chair of the Medical School Practice Plan.  In 1995, Dr. Heros moved to the University of Miami as Professor, Program Director and Co-Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and founding Director of the University of Miami International Health Center.

Dr. Heros' major clinical, academic and research interest has been in cerebrovascular surgery. He has authored or co-authored four textbooks and has published about 180 refereed articles and approximately 48 textbook chapters dealing with cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, experimental cerebral ischemia and skull base surgical approaches. His research has been in the area of cerebral protection from ischemia, particularly hemodilution; he held NIH funding as primary investigator in this area for 15 years and served the NIH in Study Sections and as a full member of the National Advisory Council of the NINDS. He has been Visiting Professor at over 70 institutions in this country and abroad and he has given over 500 invited national and international presentations. He holds honorary memberships in several Latin American and European neurosurgical societies and in the Japanese Neurosurgical Society.

Dr. Heros has been Chairman of the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery and Co-Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery and serves on the Editorial Board of seven other journals. He was the founding Chairman of the Brain Attack Coalition and the Neurovascular Committee of the World Federation of Neurological Societies (WFNS). He has served as Vice President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and as President of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons and the World Congress of the WFNS. He has been the Honored Guest of the CNS and of the Federation of Latin American Neurosurgical Societies and is Honorary President of the WFNS. In 2007 he won the coveted Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” award of the ACGME.  In 2010 he won the prestigious Cor Vitae Award of the American Heart Association for his contributions to Stroke Care. He was the 2010 AANS’s Cushing Medalist. The Cushing Medal is the highest award given to a neurosurgeon by the AANS.

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