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Juan Fernandez-Miranda, MD, Neurosurgery, Palo Alto, CA, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford


Neurosurgery Palo Alto, CA

Brain & Spinal Tumor, Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery, Pituitary Surgery, Skull Base

Professor, Neurological Surgery, Stanford University Surgical Director, Brain Tumor Center Co-Director, Skull Base Surgery Program Surgical Director, Pituitary Center

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  • Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda is Professor of Neurosurgery and Surgical Director of the Stanford Brain Tumor, Skull Base, and Pituitary Centers. He is internationally renowned for his expertise in minimally invasive brain surgery, endoscopic skull base and pituitary surgery, open skull base surgery, and complex brain tumor surgery. He has performed over a thousand endoscopic endonasal operations for pituitary tumors and other skull base lesions. He is highly regarded for his innovative contributions to the development and refinement of endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery and for his precise knowledge of the intricate anatomy of the skull base and white matter tracts required to maximize resection and minimize morbidity.

    Dr. Fernandez-Miranda completed neurosurgery residency at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, Spain. Upon completion of his residency, he was awarded the Sanitas Prize to the best medical postgraduate trainee in the country. From 2005 to 2007, he underwent fellowship training in microsurgical neuroanatomy at the University of Florida under legendary neurosurgeon Albert L. Rhoton, Jr. From 2007 to 2010 he continued subspecialty clinical training in cerebrovascular surgery at the University of Virginia, and endoscopic endonasal and open skull base surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). During his 10-year tenure at UPMC, he pioneered endoscopic endonasal approaches to highly complex pituitary and skull base tumors, developed a world-class complex brain surgery program, and leaded a premier training and research program on surgical neuroanatomy and skull base surgery.

    In 2018, he was recruited to bring to Stanford his unique technical expertise and to collaborate with world-renowned Stanford colleagues across multiple disciplines to establish the preeminent center for comprehensive treatment of complex lesions in the brain, skull base, and pituitary regions. His top priority is to provide gentle, accurate, and safe surgery.
  • Stanford Pituitary Center

    Skull Base Surgery

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Education & Training

  • UPMC Medical Education
    UPMC Medical EducationFellowship, Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, 2008 - 2010
  • University of Virginia Medical Center
    University of Virginia Medical CenterFellowship, Cerebrovascular & Skull Base Surgery, 2007 - 2008
  • University of Florida College of Medicine
    University of Florida College of MedicineFellowship, Microsurgical Neuroanatomy, 2005 - 2007
  • La Paz University Hospital, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
    La Paz University Hospital, Universidad Autonoma de MadridResidency in Neurosurgery, 2000 - 2005
  • Complutense University of Madrid
    Complutense University of MadridClass of 2000, Medicine, Cum Laude

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 2018 - 2023
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2008 - 2018
  • American College of SurgeonsFellow

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Best Doctors in America 2013-2020
  • Honorary Visiting Professor Tianjin Huanhu Hospital, 2018
  • Annual Faculty Teaching Award University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2017
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Left Pan-Hippocampal Low Grade Glioma—2-Stage Transsylvian Transventricular and Paramedian Supracerebellar Transtentorial Approaches: 2-Dimensional Operative Video  
    Juan Fernandez-Miranda, MD, Operative Neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic endonasal optic nerve decompression for fibrous dysplasia  
    DeKlotz TR, Stefko ST, Fernandez-Miranda JC, Gardner PA, Snyderman CH, Wang EW, J Neurol Surg B., 1/1/2017
  • Lateral orbitotomy approach for lesions involving the middle fossa: a retrospective review of 13 patients  
    Chabot JD, Stefko ST, Zwagerman NT, Gardner P, Fernandez-Miranda JC., Neurosurgery, 1/1/2017
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • Endoscopic endonasal transoculomotor triangle approach to the parapeduncular space: surgical anatomy, technical nuances and case series.
    Ferrareze Nunes C, Lieber S, Zenonos G, Wang EW, Snyderman CH, Gardner PA, Fernandez-Miranda JC., J Neurol Surg B., 1/1/2017
  • Endoscopic endonasal maximal petrosectomy: anatomical investigation and surgical relevance.
    Borghei-Razavi H, Truong HQ, Fernandes-Cabral D, Celtikci E, Xun XC, Wang EW, Snyderman C, Gardner P, Fernandez-Miranda JC., J Neurol Surg B., 1/1/2017
  • Endoscopic endonasal approach to intrinsic brainstem lesions: anatomical, radiological, and clinical study.
    Fernandes Cabral DT, Zenonos GA, Nunez M, Borghei-Razavi H, Celtikci E, Celtikci PN, Panesar SS, Wang EW, Snyderman CH, Gardner PA, Fernandez-Miranda JC., J Neurol Surg B, 1/1/2017
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  • Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery of the Cranial Base and Pituitary Fossa 
    UPMC Life Changing Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 9/26/2012
  • Neurosurgical Perspectives on Skull Base and Brainstem Anatomy. 
    University of Pittsburgh - 1/26/2013
  • Neurosurgical Treatment of Brain Tumors. 
    University of Pittsburgh - 1/29/2014
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  • Extended middle fossa approach with anterior petrosectomy and anterior clinoidectomy for resection of spheno-cavernous-tentorial meningioma: The Hakuba-Kawase-Dolenc a... 
    Fernandez-Miranda JC, Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown).
  • Anterior transpetrosal approach for resection of recurrent skull base chordoma: 3-dimensional operative video. 
    Chabot JD, Gardner P, Fernandez-Miranda JC, J Neurosurg
  • Lateral orbitotomy approach for resection of intraosseous sphenoid wing meningiomas: 3-dimensional operative video 
    Chabot JD, Stefko ST, Fernandez-Miranda JC., Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown).
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Press Mentions

  • 3D Printing, VR Help Restore Toddlerhood to Neuro Patient
    3D Printing, VR Help Restore Toddlerhood to Neuro PatientNovember 19th, 2019
  • Groundbreaking Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
    Groundbreaking Minimally Invasive Brain SurgeryNovember 21st, 2019
  • Removing Tumor from a Tricky Part of Brain, Surgeon Gives Teen His Life Back
    Removing Tumor from a Tricky Part of Brain, Surgeon Gives Teen His Life BackAugust 27th, 2021
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Grant Support

  • Language Connectivity Pathways and Neuroplasticity in Aphasic Stroke PatientsNIH2016–2021
  • A Comprehensive Approach to Whole Eye Transplantation: Building a Scientific Foundation for New Therapies in Vision RestorationDepartment of Defense2016–2020

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations