About Me

Dr. Fernandez-Miranda is Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Associate Director of the UPMC Center for Cranial Base Surgery. He is also Director of the Surgical Neuroanatomy Lab and the NIH-funded Fiber Tractography Lab of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Fernandez-Miranda completed neurological surgery residency at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, Spain. From 2005 to 2007, he underwent fellowship training in microsurgical neuroanatomy at the University of Florida under Prof. Albert L. Rhoton mentorship. 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 the University of Pittsburgh.

He has primary clinical interest and technical expertise in endoscopic skull base and pituitary surgery, open skull base surgery, and complex brain tumor surgery. He has performed over a 1000 endoscopic endonasal operations for pituitary tumors and other skull base lesions such as craniopharyngiomas, meningiomas, and chordomas. He is highly regarded for his innovative contributions to the development and refinement of endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery and intrinsic brain tumor surgery.

Dr. Fernandez-Miranda's Surgical Neuroanatomy Lab focuses on improving surgical techniques and outcomes by mastering knowledge of relevant surgical anatomy, following Prof. Rhoton’s example. His Fiber Tractography Lab is focused on the application of advanced fiber mapping techniques—High-Definition Fiber Tractography (HDFT)—for presurgical planning and intraoperative navigation to facilitate brain function preservation and improve resection
rates in patients with complex brain lesions.

Several national and international awards have recognized his contributions. He has published extensively with over 130 peer-reviewed publications, and he frequently lectures and teaches at national and international scientific meetings and professional courses.

Contact Information
Contact Information
  • Phone: (412) 647-0958 Call
Practices
UPMC Presbyterian
    Hospitals
    Hospital Affiliations
    • UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
    • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Skills
    Specialities
    • Neurological Surgery
    • Surgery
    • Health Educator
    • Specialist
    • Clinic/Center
    Areas Of Expertise
    • Anatomy of Head and Neck
      10 + years
    Clinical Focuses
    • Neurosurgery
    • Surgical Anatomy
    Languages
    • English
    • French
    • Spanish
    Education & Training
    Education
    • Complutense University of Madrid, Medical School
      MD
      1994 - 2000
    Training
    • Clinical Fellowship Endoscopic Endonasal and Open Skull Base Surgery
      Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
      2008 - 2010
    • Clinical Fellowship Cerebrovascular Surgery
      Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia School of Medicine
      2007 - 2008
    • Post-Doctoral Associate Surgical Neuroanatomy
      Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Florida School of Medicine
      2006 - 2007
    • Research Fellowship Surgical Neuroanatomy
      Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Florida School of Medicine
      2005 - 2006
    • Residency Neurosurgery
      Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital La Paz, Autonomous University of Madrid
      2001 - 2006
    Work Experience
    Work Experiences
    • Associate Professor
      UPMC - University of Pittsburgh
      2014-2016
    • Assistant Professor
      UPMC - University of Pittsburgh
      2010-2014
    • Clinical Instructor
      UPMC - University of Pittsburgh
      2008-2010
    Certifications
    Board Certifications
    • Neurological Surgery
      European Neurosurgical Board
      2008
    Affiliations
    Professional Affiliations
    • Member
      AANS (American Association of Neurological Surgeons)
    • Member
      CNS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons)
    • Member
      EANS (European Association of Neurosurgical Societies)
    • Member
      German Skull Base Society
    • Member
      NASBS (North American Skull Base Society)
    • Member
      Pituitary Network Association
    • Member
      SENEC (Spanish Society of Neurological Surgeons)
    • Member
      The Cajal Club
    • Member
      Tumor Section (AANS-American Association of Neurological Surgeons)
    Academic Affliations
    • Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
      Associate Director, Center for Cranial Base Surgery
    • Clinical Faculty
      Center for Cranial Base Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • Assistant Professor
      Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • Director, Surgical Neuroanatomy Lab
      Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • Director, Research Fellowship Program in Skull Base and Surgical Neuroanatomy
      Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • Director, Fiber Tractography Lab
      Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Academic Affiliations
    • Member
      Tumor Section (AANS-American Association of Neurological Surgeons) German Skull Base Society The Cajal Club CNS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons) NASBS (North American Skull Base Society)
    • Member
      Spanish Society of Neurosurgery
    • Member
      North American Skull Base Society
    • Member
      International Head and Neck Scientific Group
    • Member
      German Skull Base Society
    • Member
      European Association of Neurosurgical Societies
    • Member
      Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • Member
      Cajal Club
    • Member
      American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    Awards & Honors
    Awards & Honors
    • Best Doctors in America
      2016
    • Best Doctors in America
      2015
    • Best Doctors in America
      2014
    • Best Doctors in America
      2013
    • Best Surgical Video Award
      Spanish-Portuguese Neurosurgery Meeting
      2010
    • Best Medical Paper Published By a Spanish Doctor
      National Investigation Award (Barclays Foundation)
      2009
    • Aesculap EANS Research Award
      2008
    • Best Medical Post-graduate Trainee in Spain
      Sanitas Award
      2006
    • Best Neurosurgical Research
      Pedro Mata Award of the Neurosurgical Society of Madrid
      2006
    • Synthes CMF (Cranio-Maxillofacial) Anatomical Fellowship
      2006
    • Spanish Medical License Examination (Top 1%)
      2001
    Publications
    Publications