Jason E. Blatt, MD, FAANS, FAAP is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he was a National Merit Scholar and graduated magna cum laude. While in Nashville his honors included election to Alpha Epsilon Delta, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi, and an Alpha Phi Omega Distinguished Service Key. He then completed his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the Harold C. Pillsbury Student Research Award.
After receiving his MD, he remained at UNC to complete his internship and residency, both in Neurological Surgery. He received numerous awards during his training, including both the Hydrocephalus Association Award and the Resident Traveling Fellowship, both from the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery. He was elected to UNC’s Academy of Educators, an honor previously reserved for faculty members, and was named a Socioeconomic Fellow of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies. Finally, he relocated to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where he completed a prestigious subspecialty fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery. He joined the University of Florida Department of Neurosurgery in 2017.
Dr. Blatt’s clinical interests include all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with special focus on brain tumors (including complex and re-do surgery), epilepsy, minimally-invasive and transnasal (through-the-nose) brain surgery, and congenital spinal disorders. He is double Board-Certified in both Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery by the ABNS and ABPNS, respectively, and has been named a Fellow of both the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. His research interests include not only those aspects of pediatric neurosurgery listed above, but also medical and surgical education and surgical simulation. He has won multiple teaching awards from the Department of Neurosurgery, the College of Medicine, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and is the only neurosurgeon elected to the Society of Teaching Scholars. He collaborates with computer brain modeling researchers at Old Dominion University and UF, and with the large Brain Tumor Immunotherapy group at UF McKnight Brain Institute, where he is a faculty member of the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy. He is a board member and past President of the Florida Neurosurgical Society, and has held numerous appointed positions in the Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery and other national neurosurgical organizations.
Dr. Blatt is passionate about the care and wellbeing of children, and prides himself on the ability to make complex neurosurgical decisions easy to understand for patients and their parents. Caring for an ill child is never easy, but Dr. Blatt and his team strive to alleviate worry and suffering, and provide world-class care for kids of all ages. The UF Pediatric Neurosurgery Team recognizes that children with brain and spine disorders aren’t just “small adults,” and need to be treated by expert subspecialists with extensive experience. Shands Children’s Hospital accepts all pediatric neurosurgery referrals for assessments or second opinions.