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

Education & Certifications
  • 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

Awards & Memberships
  • 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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Skull Base Surgery at the Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 497-7777

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Facial Pain Program at the Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 497-7777

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Pituitary Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Neurosurgery Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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(97 reviews)

Excellent bedside manor, excellent surgeon.
I have tremendous respect for Dr Fernandez-Miranda. He is brilliant and very accomplished, yet patient and humble. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to meet with him
Dr. Miranda, was an excellent surgeon. Thanks to him, I am doing very well.
Juan Carlos is very straightforward and honest. He took time and explained what my father's MRI showed and what was needed to treat him. He's a wonderful Dr and we are grateful for him
Listens well Doesn't make you feel like you asked a stupid question Eager to answer questions Good at explaining and teaching Didn't feel like I was rushed He is patient and kind He told me to tell my husband hello which really meant a lot to both of us
Excellent physician
Dr. Miranda, very knowledgeable and explain things very well. I was at peace with Dr. Miranda and he has been working in this field for over 20 years now.
Based on my consultation, I would 100% recommend Dr. JCFM and his staff. They are obviously skilled and caring. There was zero arrogance.
He and his office are very present, and truly listen to the patient. I haven’t felt that way at other big hospitals with wonderful neurosurgeons. Everyone that I have had to speak to and work with from his office has been tremendous. Tremendous.
Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda seems to be a wonderful doctor/ neurosurgeon. He took the time to go over my scans and answered all my questions thoroughly. I feel lucky that I found him!
He is a great doctor.
I can’t thank him enough for the medical treatment I received at Stanford. He is truly one of the most gifted surgeons in the world. I feel so blessed to have been his patient.
Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda answered all of my questions. At the end of the visit, I had a better understanding of my condition. Thanks
Great visit
Dr. Juan Fernandez ~ Miranda is excellently surgeon & I feel completely and expertly taken care of under his care.
Dr.Miranda is excellent
The visit told me everything I needed to know to make an informed decision regarding my health. I really appreciate that.
Wonderful practitioner: skilled, expert, and empathetic. His NP Erin Wolff is fantastic also. Love them both and I'm forever grateful to Dr. F-M for the surgery. My outcomes have been all I could have hoped.
He was very knowledgeable and very courteous. We felt that we had a good experience with him. We are so grateful for his time, and his help.
Terrific doctor- clear communication, genuine concern, excellent surgeon.
He was so easy to speak with, professional and approachable
Very good
Dr. Fernandez Miranda is an excellent outstanding physician and I appreciate being a patient he was very clear in describing what was seen on the MRI and what was going on in my brain and the reassurance that I got from his information was invaluable. I was very concerned about one aspect of the MRI and he made it clear to me about What the finding was and what exactly that image picked up and what that pathology what I could expect from the pathology that was there I have very much appreciate being Dr. Fernandez-Miranda, Brain Surgeon patient and look forward to continuing being his patient until my condition does not warrant this particular care thank you
Thank you for the amazing support and kind words. I really appreciated all the fabulous communication across the entire team! But mostly I was grateful for DFMs compassion. He really cares about his patients.
Awesome physician!
Dr. Fernandez-Miranda is amazing!
Excellent doctor and excellent person, thank you Dr. Fernandez Miranda.
Wonderful meeting. Very easy and stress free.
I was given all the information I needed to make decisions about my healthcare.
Best Brain Surgeon i have talked to.
He is very knowledgeable physician in his field and treat his patients with respect.
Dr Fernandez Miranda & Victoria made me feel at ease about my scary situation.
Seemed very kind and compassionate, and clearly explaining the proposed procedure.
Dr Fernandez Miranda and his team are amazing! He was the best surgeon and really cared about me. He asked how I was feeling before surgery and listened to my concerns with thoughtful care. The whole team was supportive and kind.
I was reassured that my adenoma had not grown and was given an opportunity to ask any questions. I felt I got all my questions answered. Thank you
Great Doctor and continue t I trust him for my care.
Buenas tardes en lo particular yo cómo paciente me ciento muy agradecida con el buen trato del Dr Juan Fernández Miranda y con todos los de más colegas que tienen un trato muy cordial y que Dios los bendiga siempre muchísimas gracias por todo
He was very knowledgeable and made me as his new patient felt comfortable and trust on his confidence of his profession and his expertise.. Many Thanks
Dr Miranda is a fantastic Doctor would highly recommend him
First time visit with Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda. He seems to be very knowledgeable regarding my issue.
He’s a fantastic doctor and I was very lucky to have him as my surgeon.
Doctor Fernandez-Miranda was exceptional in his responsiveness, knowledge, communication capability and bedside manner. His team was outstanding as well, very fast, knowledgeable and responsive.
With my lack of knowledge about the issue, they explained it as simple as they can, so that I could understand it
Professional and knowledgeable, informative caring and trust evoking.
Very knowledgeable. Great surgeon!!! appreciate his explanations and expertise.
Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda is an outstanding neurosurgeon and someone that I trust with my life. His diagnosis for my tumor was correct when many other world-renowned neurosurgeons were wrong.
He's competent and I really like him as a NS if I need another surgery in the future.
Very helpful doctor, Expressed concern that my surgery went good and I was feeling well, I was very thankful for him.
Dr. Fernandez-Miranda is an outstanding surgeon. We were incredibly impressed with the amount of time he spent with us to discuss my condition and the procedure I would have to remove the tumor. We never felt rushed and have nothing but gratitude to have been in Dr. Fernandez-Miranda's care.
He was very straight forward and helpful.
Great doctor and team!
He is a wondering and caring doctor!
Wonderful care, only thing I would have liked was help finding a specialist since some of my care was out of the scope of the practitioner I saw.
He was very thorough
This doctor is caring and explains well your condition. I would recommend him to other patients .
Excellent discussion. Very reassuring.
Best of the best!
Dr Fernandez-Miranda was absolutely amazing from the first consultation to getting imaging to scheduling surgery to my postop making sure I’m feeling fine after surgery
Dr. Juan Fernandez-Miranda is a first-rate Neurosurgeon who ensures my medical and emotional well being. Since the day I met him I have literally trusted him with my life -- and would do it again!! Thanks for the amazing results you conveyed today after my most recent MRI. The proof is always in the results. See you in six months.
Explain everything in away that I understood.
Top notch, Doesn’t get any better.
Excellent provider. I was very pleased with the visit. Felt seen, heard and left hopeful.
I am grateful to him and his team.. I could not have been in better hands. The fact that he was able to remove my tumor in its entirety, was a new lease on life. I had consultations with other surgeons and my outcome would have dismal. I do not have enough superlatives to convey about his knowledge and caring. Dealing in my situation with a personalized approach, not the standard, gave me the confidence to have my surgery there. The surgery was a success, and I am happy to have been able to return to my normal life. I need follow ups and I am confident that nothing will be overlooked by him. Dr.Fernández Miranda and his team are the best!!!
Very friendly, great listener and very empathetic. Really appreciate and value the time he took to explain the issues and potential options. Thank you.
I am very impressed with the doctor's expertise and that he took the time to answer my questions.
I think Dr. Fernandez is a great Dr. and I would recommend him to anyone that needs surgery !!!!!
Dr. JFM is excellent provider!
Precise and complete in a compassionate manner.
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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