UF Pediatric Neurosurgery

UF Health Pediatric Neurosurgery BannerDr. Jason E. Blatt with a pediatric patient, the UF Health Children's Hospital, and Dr. Lance Governale with a pediatric patient

From the most complex brain and spinal disorders requiring the most challenging interventions to more common conditions and procedures, our expert team of pediatric neurosurgeons and neurosurgery nurse practitioners offers the complete spectrum of multidisciplinary care.

In close collaboration with UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the the #1 Children’s Hospital in Florida nationally-ranked in five pediatric programs including Neurosurgery, we care for patients from birth to age 21, and select adults with congenital neurological disorders. We provide initial consultation, surgery and continued post-operative care. Our neurosurgeons and nurse practitioners have all received advanced pediatric training, which is crucial in caring for the unique needs of children and adolescents.

We are proud to be the top pediatric neurology and neurosurgery program in North Florida according to the US News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Yet the highest honor is hearing what our patients are saying and seeing them do well.

Our specialty programs include treatment of:


See a complete list of conditions treated and services provided by our Neurosurgery team.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

Our neurosurgeons operate in state-of-the-art pediatric operating rooms. The University of Florida in Gainesville is equipped with advanced technologies such as intraoperative MRI, sophisticated neurosurgical microscope and endoscope systems, hybrid operating rooms, stereotactic navigation, neurophysiologic monitoring, ultrasound, stereoelectroencephalography, a neurosurgical robot, and a minimally invasive laser. All of these decrease the probability of multiple operations, allow minimally invasive procedures whenever possible, increase overall surgical success, minimize pain, and promote faster recovery.

UF Health Neurology and Neurosurgery Ranked 30th in the Country by U.S. News and World Report.


At UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, every child diagnosed with a condition requiring neurosurgical expertise is cared for with an individualized treatment plan. We see patients within just a few days for non-emergency cases and within 24 hours for urgent cases.

Phone Numbers

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  • Main Office