Patient Testimonials
UF Pediatric Neurosurgery

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  • “I’d highly recommend Dr. Governale. He was very informed, and showed genuine concern for our daughter. He was incredibly friendly and funny. He eased our nerves, and made us feel completely confident in him. “
  • “Dr. Blatt is awesome! My son loves him and appreciates the way he talks directly to him about his condition and treatments. We could not ask for a better doctor!”
  • “Dr. Governale successfully removed two brain tumors. To say that this was a terrifying experience would be an understatement. Dr. Governale was patient, understanding, compassionate and answered our questions, often the same question more than once, and he never got impatient. I feel that we could not have asked for a better doctor and he was without question an answer to prayer! I highly recommend him!!!”
  • “Dr. Blatt is amazing. Great at explaining where our daughter is and in-depth about her diagnosis.”
  • “I had to have brain surgery about a month ago. I work at a hospital and I have a health science major so I am always very picky about who is treating me and I always have a ton of questions. Dr. Governale was extremely kind and patient (also knowledgeable) when it came to me asking questions. He saved my life and the surgery went better than imagined. I am forever grateful for his efforts and his kindness. I highly, highly recommend him.”
  • “Dr Jason Blatt is a top shelf person and surgeon. Very down to earth. He truly cares about his patients.”
  • “Our son was born @ UF Health needing 2 brain surgeries in the first week of his life and had another within the first 3 months of his life. We have been blown away by Dr. Governale. He has exceeded all of our expectations. His bed side manners are incredible and beyond what we ever imagined; we feel as though he treats our son and us as a friend. Along our journey, he has patiently comforted us and answered any questions each step of the way! Honestly, Dr. Governale has been an answered prayer, and we call ourselves blessed to be in his care!”
  • “Excellent experience. Dr. Blatt took time to explain everything to me and my family. Great surgeon.”
  • “Our son (16) was emergently brought to Children’s Hospital needing a tumor removed and hydrocephalus from the obstruction of the tumor. We were led every step of the way on what to expect and what our options were. The outcome is amazing and our son is home and getting stronger every day! Thank you!!”
  • “Every person was incredibly sensitive and caring. Extremely helpful.”
  • “I just wanted to thank Dr. Blatt again for looking into my daughter. You have lifted a big weight off of my shoulders as I was worried about what her life may hold. I appreciate you and your staff listening and taking care of things for me. I wish there were a lot more doctors like you in the world. Thank you for being a doctor and all you do for people.”
  • “No wait time. Was actually early, but taken right in. Was amazed. Thanks.”
  • “Dr. Governale took the time to explain my condition and what to expect.”
  • “Dr. Blatt is always friendly and concerned about my son and his wellbeing.”
  • “Dr. Governale was amazing. We didn’t have any questions afterwards and left the office feeling confident.”
  • “Today marks two years that Dr. Blatt saved my daughter’s life, there really aren’t words. A simple thank you really isn’t enough, she is doing fantastic with a few limitations which is fine… she’s here. You will always hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you so much for what you did for our family.”
  • “You made a very difficult situation one I’ll fondly remember for the rest of my life! We are truly thankful for the excellent care at UF and finding you!”
  • “Will recommend friends to Dr. Blatt.”
  • “Dr. Governale and Dr. Ching both make us feel very comfortable with our child in their care.  They are knowledgeable, professional, and personable.”
  • “Talked about the situation, listened to our frustration of wishing we knew years ago, and even followed up on college choices and future job stuff.  AMAZING provider.”
  • “Dr. Governale went above and beyond in caring for my family.”
  • “Dr. Blatt is the best.”
  • “Dr. Governale and the staff have been great throughout my child’s issues. It’s been over a year and I have no complaints. Thank you!”
  • “Dr. Blatt was well informed of my child’s recent seizures as well as her visit with peds surgery.  I am always impressed when a doctor takes the time to be prepared to see my child before coming in for her visit.  I value the fact that Dr. Blatt considers me an expert on my child and addresses any concerns I have.  I also value that he is a team player and is willing to help our daughter in whatever ways he can.”
  • “Dr. Governale is very kind and patient. He answered all of our questions and helped us with our concerns.”
  • “Dr. Blatt is fantastic, phenomenal bedside manner.”
  • “Dr. Governale was tremendous! There are not enough positive adjectives to describe his interactions!”
  • “Absolutely pleased with Dr. Blatt.”
  • “To find a doctor as knowledgeable and informative as Dr. Governale was an extreme blessing. We are extremely lucky to have Dr. Governale as our provider.”
  • “Would recommend to everyone.”
  • “We love the whole team.”


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.

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