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Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D.

General Information

Ricardo J. Komotar, M.D.


Call 305-689-2427 or request an appointment online


  • Office: 305-689-2427
  • Fax: 305-689-3320


  • Neurological Surgery


English, Spanish

Clinical Areas

Video Introduction


  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Associate Program Director of Neurosurgery Residency
  • Director of Neurooncology at Sylvester Cancer Center
  • Director of Neurooncology at University of Miami Health Clinics
  • Director of Neurooncology at University of Miami Hospital
  • Director of The University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative
  • Program Director of Surgical Neurooncology Fellowship

Research Interests

Primary brain tumors, metastatic brain tumors, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, endoscopic skull base surgery, MRI-guided laser tumor ablation, cyberknife 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
President Elect, Florida Neurosurgical Society
Chair, Program Committee, Florida Neurosurgical Society
Chair, Tumor Program Committee, 2012 AANS Annual Meeting
Board of Directors, Florida Neurosurgical Society
Scientific Planning Committee, AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
Fellowships Committee, AANS
Young Neurosurgeons Committee, AANS
Medical Advisory Board, Florida Brain Tumor Association
Education Committee, Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Research Advisory Committee, Sylvester Cancer Center
2012 South Florida Super Doctors
2012 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


Laser Tumor Ablation
NBC News

Fox News

National Brain Tumor Charity
ABC News
The Wall Street Journal


Sports Related Concussions
Fox News

Sporting News

Brain Tumor Vaccine

ABC News
NBC News
CBS News
FOX News


Patient Comments

"To say the least, 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

"You have been a rock and a beacon in our moment of greatest need, and have provided all of the care and support for which we could have hoped. We very much appreciate the time you took to help us  . . . you provided responses to our questions and concerns, days, night and weekends. In our experience, it is rare to have a surgeon so unbelievably attentive and open."

-Arthur Lane, Patient's Spouse


Dr. Komotar is Assistant 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 Neurooncology at the University of Miami Hospital, and Co-Director of Neuroonoclogy at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Health Clinics, Dr. Komotar’s main clinical interests are surgical and radiosurgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, as well as meningiomas and pituitary lesions.

His research interests include clinical trial development and translational neurooncologic investigations designed to pioneer new therapies for brain tumors. Author of over 300 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”.


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