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”.
CLINICAL AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative
- Brain Tumors
- Primary Brain Tumors
- Metastatic Brain Tumors
- Pituitary Tumors
- Awake Craniotomy
- Cancer Vaccine
- Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
- Fluorescence-Guided Tumor Surgery
- MRI-Guided Laser Tumor Ablation
- Minimally Invasive Tumor Surgery
- Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
- Neurooncologic Clinical Trial Development
DR. RICARDO J. KOMOTAR
- 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
"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
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