Gazanfar Rahmathulla

Gazanfar Rahmathulla, MD, MBA, FACS, IFAANS

Assistant Professor; Medical Director, Neurosurgery Trauma; Program Director, Complex Spinal Surgery Fellowship Program

Department: Neurosurgery – Jacksonville
Business Phone: (904) 244-1418

Clinical Profile

  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
Areas of Interest
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal injury
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Research Profile

As a neurosurgeon with fellowship training in Spine surgery and neurosurgical oncology, and presently focused on neurosurgical trauma and degenerative spinal diseases, I am leveraging qualitative and quantitative data to identify factors that influence neurosurgical outcomes. My research focuses on the elderly frail population, vulnerable groups, chronic disease, substance abuse and the role these factors may play in neurosurgical pathology including brain tumors, spinal disease, and more so traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. I have been the site PI for 2 clinical trials, one of which focused on traumatic cervical spinal cord injury.

I enjoy working with medical students, and residents as well as faculty from other departments and endeavor to encourage novice researchers to increase and enhance their academic output. To this end I act as a guide, and mentor identifying or giving them a research question and then working with them to bring about academic presentations and publications.

My current research consists of evaluating our data and outcomes, through multiple retrospective IRB studies, at our level I University hospital setting, where we also are a safety net hospital center and focus on disorders such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, spinal infections such as discitis osteomyelitis, degenerative spinal pathology and tumors. I collaborate with a diverse group of specialists across our University hospital system and am looking at translating our research outcomes into practice changes that will benefit our patients and providers. My plan is to work collaboratively with other specialists to bring in and develop clinical trials and obtain grant funding in order to promote the sustainable development of partnerships and initiatives to improve brain and spine care.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)


Areas of Interest
  • Prevention of Brain Injury
  • Adult Brain Tumors
  • Brain imaging
  • Clinical outcomes following trauma
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis
  • Head and neck, skull-base, central nervous system and spine malignancies
  • Myelopathy
  • Spinal cord injury rehabilitation
  • spinal cord injury


Anatomic, functional, and radiographic review of the ligaments of the craniocervical junction.
Journal of craniovertebral junction & spine. 12(1):4-9 [DOI] 10.4103/jcvjs.JCVJS_209_20. [PMID] 33850375.
Corrigendum to “Guideline summary review: an evidence-based clinical guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain” [The Spine Journal 20/7 (2020) p 998-1024].
The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society. 21(4):726-727 [DOI] 10.1016/j.spinee.2021.02.006. [PMID] 33640275.
Falx Cerebelli Meningioma: Case Report of a Rarely Occurring Tumor, Management Nuances, and Literature Review.
Journal of neurological surgery reports. 82(3):e32-e35 [DOI] 10.1055/s-0041-1735905. [PMID] 34603931.
Halo vest immobilization – an institutional review of safety in acute cervical spine injury from 2013 to 2017
British Journal of Neurosurgery. 1-4 [DOI] 10.1080/02688697.2021.1947976.
Occipital condylar avulsion fractures in the acute trauma setting: Stable or unstable injury?
European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society. 30(10):3128-3134 [DOI] 10.1007/s00586-021-06949-3. [PMID] 34338873.
Proposed Grading System for Posterior Atlantooccipital Membrane Complex Injuries on Cervical Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
World neurosurgery. 151:e663-e671 [DOI] 10.1016/j.wneu.2021.04.098. [PMID] 33940267.
Spinal Tuberculosis Secondary to Intravesical Bacille Calmette-Guerin Treatment for Bladder Cancer.
Cureus. 13(8) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.17446. [PMID] 34589352.
A case of a facial nerve venous malformation presenting with crocodile tear syndrome.
Surgical neurology international. 11 [DOI] 10.25259/SNI_570_2019. [PMID] 31966922.
An Illustrative Review of Common Modern Craniotomies.
Journal of clinical imaging science. 10 [DOI] 10.25259/JCIS_176_2020. [PMID] 33408956.
Combined Posterior-Anterior Interbody Fusion in the Management of Traumatic Lumbosacral Dissociation: A Case Report and Review of Literature.
Cureus. 12(2) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.7089. [PMID] 32226690.
False Localizing Trigeminal V2 Sensory Loss in Vestibular Schwannoma.
Cureus. 12(7) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.9256. [PMID] 32821602.
Guideline summary review: an evidence-based clinical guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain.
The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society. 20(7):998-1024 [DOI] 10.1016/j.spinee.2020.04.006. [PMID] 32333996.
Spontaneous Cerebral Spinal Fluid Rhinorrhea with Meningocele Secondary to Congenital Foramen Rotundum Defect: A Case Report and Review of Literature.
Asian journal of neurosurgery. 15(1):187-189 [DOI] 10.4103/ajns.AJNS_228_19. [PMID] 32181200.
Vertebral Artery Injury with Coinciding Unstable Cervical Spine Trauma: Mechanisms, Evidence-based Management, and Treatment Options.
Cureus. 12(3) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.7225. [PMID] 32274283.
A Case of Delayed Paraplegia Following Missed Diagnosis on Computed Tomography.
Cureus. 11(2) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.4151. [PMID] 31058034.
Brainstem Diffuse Axonal Injury and Consciousness.
Journal of clinical imaging science. 9 [DOI] 10.25259/JCIS-11-2019. [PMID] 31508267.
Does Surgical Intervention Help with Neurological Recovery in a Lumbar Spinal Gun Shot Wound? A Case Report and Literature Review.
Cureus. 11(6) [DOI] 10.7759/cureus.4978. [PMID] 31467812.
Prolonged Antibiotics for Drains After Spine Injury Instrumentation for Trauma: Not Prophylactic or Necessary
World Neurosurgery. 128:e552-e555 [DOI] 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.04.193.
Trends in civilian penetrating brain injury: A review of 26,871 patients
The American Journal of Surgery. 218(2):255-260 [DOI] 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2018.11.034.
Paradoxical Distraction with Upright Position After Halo Fixation in 2 Patients with Atlanto-Occipital Dislocation
World Neurosurgery. 110:303-308 [DOI] 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.11.080.
Surgically Treated de Novo Cervicomedullary Arachnoid Cyst in Symptomatic Adult Patient
World Neurosurgery. 116:329-332 [DOI] 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.05.046.
Traumatic Unilateral L3-4 Jumped Facet Treated with Open Reduction and Short Segment Fusion
World Neurosurgery. 119:103-107 [DOI] 10.1016/j.wneu.2018.07.199.
Advances in Brain Tumor Surgery for Glioblastoma in Adults.
Brain sciences. 7(12) [DOI] 10.3390/brainsci7120166. [PMID] 29261148.
Impact of cervicothoracic region stereotactic spine radiosurgery on adjacent organs at risk.
Neurosurgical focus. 42(1) [DOI] 10.3171/2016.10.FOCUS16364. [PMID] 28041323.
Radiographic comparison of cross-sectional lumbar pedicle fill when placing screws with navigation versus free-hand technique.
The international journal of medical robotics + computer assisted surgery : MRCAS. 12(2):309-15 [DOI] 10.1002/rcs.1666. [PMID] 25941010.
Redirecting pedicle screws: a revision spinal fusion strategy using three-dimensional image guidance.
The international journal of medical robotics + computer assisted surgery : MRCAS. 12(4):758-764 [DOI] 10.1002/rcs.1721. [PMID] 26756720.
Gamma Knife radiosurgery for posterior fossa meningiomas: a multicenter study.
Journal of neurosurgery. 122(6):1479-89 [DOI] 10.3171/2014.10.JNS14139. [PMID] 25859812.
Spine fusion cross-link causing delayed dural erosion and CSF leak: case report.
Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 22(4):439-43 [DOI] 10.3171/2014.9.SPINE14244. [PMID] 25635637.
Tumor progression in patients receiving adjuvant whole-brain radiotherapy vs localized radiotherapy after surgical resection of brain metastases.
Neurosurgery. 76(4):411-20 [DOI] 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000626. [PMID] 25599198.
A retrospective study of iliac crest bone grafting techniques with allograft reconstruction: do patients even know which iliac crest was harvested? Clinical article.
Journal of neurosurgery. Spine. 21(4):595-600 [DOI] 10.3171/2014.6.SPINE13902. [PMID] 25014500.
Compressive Cervicothoracic Adhesive Arachnoiditis following Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: A Case Report and Literature Review.
Journal of neurological surgery reports. 75(1):e56-61 [DOI] 10.1055/s-0033-1363506. [PMID] 25083391.
Gamma knife radiosurgery for cerebellopontine angle meningiomas: a multicenter study.
Neurosurgery. 75(4):398-408; quiz 408 [DOI] 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000480. [PMID] 24991710.
Implementation and impact of ICD-10 (Part II).
Surgical neurology international. 5(Suppl 3):S192-8 [DOI] 10.4103/2152-7806.137182. [PMID] 25184098.
Intraoperative image-guided spinal navigation: technical pitfalls and their avoidance.
Neurosurgical focus. 36(3) [DOI] 10.3171/2014.1.FOCUS13516. [PMID] 24580004.
Lumbar disc herniations ‘to operate or not’ patient selection and timing of surgery.
Korean Journal of Spine. 11(4):255-7 [DOI] 10.14245/kjs.2014.11.4.255. [PMID] 25620990.
Migration to the ICD-10 coding system: A primer for spine surgeons (Part 1).
Surgical neurology international. 5(Suppl 3):S185-91 [DOI] 10.4103/2152-7806.137181. [PMID] 25184097.
MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy in neuro-oncology: a review of its current clinical applications.
Oncology. 87(2):67-82 [DOI] 10.1159/000362817. [PMID] 24994550.
Radiographic fusion rate after implantation of facet bone dowels.
The spine journal : official journal of the North American Spine Society. 14(9):2102-11 [DOI] 10.1016/j.spinee.2013.12.027. [PMID] 24448193.
Rare presentation of metastatic prostate adenocarcinoma as a meningioma mimic.
Journal of neurological surgery reports. 75(1):e81-3 [DOI] 10.1055/s-0034-1368150. [PMID] 25083396.
Stereotactic radiosurgery of petroclival meningiomas: a multicenter study.
Journal of neuro-oncology. 119(1):169-76 [DOI] 10.1007/s11060-014-1470-x. [PMID] 24821284.
Bevacizumab in high-grade gliomas: a review of its uses, toxicity assessment, and future treatment challenges.
OncoTargets and therapy. 6:371-89 [DOI] 10.2147/OTT.S38628. [PMID] 23620671.
Cerebral radiation necrosis: a review of the pathobiology, diagnosis and management considerations.
Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. 20(4):485-502 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jocn.2012.09.011. [PMID] 23416129.
Minimally invasive management of adult craniopharyngiomas: An analysis of our series and review of literature.
Surgical neurology international. 4(Suppl 6):S411-21 [DOI] 10.4103/2152-7806.121612. [PMID] 24349864.
Laser interstitial thermal therapy for focal cerebral radiation necrosis: a case report and literature review.
Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery. 90(3):192-200 [DOI] 10.1159/000338251. [PMID] 22678505.
Surgical briefings, checklists, and the creation of an environment of safety in the neurosurgical intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging suite.
Neurosurgical focus. 33(5) [DOI] 10.3171/2012.9.FOCUS12260. [PMID] 23116092.
The molecular biology of brain metastasis.
Journal of oncology. 2012 [DOI] 10.1155/2012/723541. [PMID] 22481931.
Vein of Galen malformations: epidemiology, clinical presentations, management.
Neurosurgery clinics of North America. 23(1):165-77 [DOI] 10.1016/ [PMID] 22107867.
Rare case of intracranial Salmonella enteritidis abscess following glioblastoma resection: Case report and review of the literature.
Surgical neurology international. 2 [DOI] 10.4103/2152-7806.86226. [PMID] 22059142.
Vestibular schwannoma of oscillating size: A case report and review of literature.
Surgical neurology international. 2 [DOI] 10.4103/2152-7806.91142. [PMID] 22276240.
Effect of alternative temozolomide schedules on glioblastoma O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase activity and survival.
British journal of cancer. 103(4):498-504 [DOI] 10.1038/sj.bjc.6605792. [PMID] 20628383.
Intraoperative high field magnetic resonance imaging in neurosurgery: our initial experience with the brain suite.
Neurology India. 55(2):169-72 [PMID] 17558127.
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Jul 2021 ACTIVE
Nuvasive Fellowship Program for 2021-2022 academic year
Role: Principal Investigator


Master of Business Administration
2019 · University of Florida Warrington College of Business, Gainesville, FL
Minimally Invasive and Complex Spine Neurosurgery Fellowship
2013-2014 · Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
Neurosurgical Scholar
2011-2012 · Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland , OH
Clinical Neurosurgical Oncology and Stereotactic Radiosurgery Fellowship
2009-2011 · Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Neurosurgical Oncology Research Fellowship
2008-2009 · Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Neurological Surgery Residency
1999-2004 · Manipal Institute for Neurological Disorders, Bangalore, India
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
1995-1999 · Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Mangalore, India

Contact Details

(904) 244-1418