Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda

Pituitary tumors neurosurgeon, Skull base neurosurgeon, Brain tumor surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, Epilepsy neurosurgeon, Pain neurosurgeon, Pediatric neurosurgeon

Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS)

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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 nearly 3,000 cranial operations including over 1,500 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, for his ability to select the most effective and less invasive approach to each individual patient, and for his precise knowledge of the intricate anatomy of the white matter tracts required to maximize resection and minimize morbidity on high and low grade glioma patients. He has been recently ranked by Expertscape as World-Expert (top 0.05%) on Skull Base Surgery and #1 Neurosurgeon Expert on Skull Base Tumors (pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, craniopharyngiomas, chordomas, chondrosarcomas, schwannomas and esthesioneuroblastomas) on the US Pacific Region. He is co-founder and vice-president of the International Rhoton Society and executive member of the Board of Directors of the The Neurosurgical Atlas, the largest nonprofit organization for neurosurgical education and research in the world.

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 led 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, leading the establishment of one of the most preeminent centers worldwide 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, in a team-based and compassionate approach to patient care.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: The Secretary of State of Universities and Research of Spain, Neurosurgery (2007)
  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2010) PA
  • Fellowship: University of Virginia Medical Center (2008) VA
  • Fellowship, University of Florida, McKnight Brain Institute, FL (2007)
  • Residency: Hospital Universitario La Paz (2006) Spain
  • Medical Education: Universidad Complutense Madrid (2000) Spain

Honors & Awards
  • Aesculap European Research Award, EANS (European Association of Neurological Surgeons) (2008)
  • Annual Faculty Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2017)
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, Tianjin Huanhu Hospital (Tianjin, China) (2018)
  • National Investigation Award, Barclays Foundation (2009)
  • Pedro Mata Award – Best Neurosurgical Research, Neurosurgical Society of Madrid (2006)
  • Sanitas Award – Best Medical Post-graduate Trainee in Spain, Sanitas Foundation (2006)

Administrative Appointments
  • Co-Director, Stanford Skull Base Surgery Program (2018 - Present)
  • Director, Surgical Neuroanatomy, Fiber Tractography, and Virtual Simulation Research Center (2018 - Present)
  • Surgical Director, Stanford Brain Tumor Center (2018 - Present)
  • Surgical Director, Stanford Pituitary Center (2018 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 497-7777

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Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

213 Quarry Road

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 723-6469

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Facial Pain Program Redwood City, CA
Redwood City, CA

450 Broadway Street, Pavilion A, 1st Floor

Redwood City , CA 94063

(650) 723-6238

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Pituitary Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Skull Base Surgery Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 497-7777

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Neurosurgery Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

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(30 reviews)

I am very impressed with the doctor's expertise and that he took the time to answer my questions.
Dr. JFM is excellent provider!
All excellent.
Dr. Mohyeldin & Dr. Fernandez-Miranda were incredibly thoroughly caring, kind, and amazing throughout all steps of the process.
Dr. Fernandez Miranda is outstanding. Reward him, praise him, do whatever is needed to ensure that he remains at Stanford.
Warm, caring, and overall one of the BEST doctors were met with.
All good.
Dr. Fernandez and his staff were great. Explained things well. They made me feel at ease.
Absolutely admired the dr. gave to the patient. He was very caring and ask for questions if we have.
Thank you Dr. Fernandez.
Care provider has always been excellent.
Dr. Fernandez-Miranda and her associate spent a significant amount of time with us explaining what the surgery would involved and answered all our questions we did not feel rushed.
Good service.
Love you all.
I felt listened to and was given ample time to ask all of my questions. They also explained my issues and options thoroughly.
I will definitely refer this team, staff & doctor, it was the best care I have ever received. The explanations & decision making were clear & in my hands! AGAIN I am grateful.
I will definitely recommend this care provider. I finally felt like they included me and properly cared for me for the first time I finally felt safe w/my decision for surgery.
Highly recommend.
Excellent and would highly recommend
Dr. Fernandez-Miranda and his NO were excellent. I could not rate them higher. He took his time with me and explained everything carefully & thoughtfully.
Dr. Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda is the best!
I have been bragging about the fine level of medical care I have received at the Stanford Medical Center
Dr. Juan Carlos Fernandez-Miranda was exemplary in answering all my questions and prescribing a course of action to follow-up on my situation.
total care was excellent
Erin NP was wonderful. We appreciated Dr. Fernandez-Miranda's evaluation and opinion. I just wish I had thought of all my questions on the spot to ask instead of thinking of them from processing after the appointment -
The doctor was very humane with me and had a lot of patience to explain my situation to me. I felt very confident under their care.
They were great about explaining what was going on and showed me my images. Very educational and reassuring.
Dr. Juan Carlos Miranda Fernandez is excellent person I think that he is a blessing from Jehovah God that he has attended me I am very appreciative for him -
Dr. Miranda Fernandez is not only exceptional in his field he is also empathetic & has a great sense of humor.
Dr. Fernandez-Miranda is the ultimate knowledgeable professional!

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