News : 2011 : December

Jonathan Jagid, M.D., Receives University of Miami Medical Group Faculty Heroes Recognition Award


Neurosurgeon Recognized for Exceptional Treatment and Patient Care

Jonathan R. Jagid, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, has been honored with the UMMG Faculty Hero Award for his exemplary patient care and commitment to the surgical treatment of patients with Parkinson’s disease, brain injury and those who can benefit from specialized radiosurgery for brain and spinal tumors. In a reception held December 22, Dr. Jagid received a commemorative plaque from Dr. Steven Falcone, VP for Medical Affairs and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of UMMG, and Dr. Jorge Guerra, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for UMMG.

Originally from New York, Dr. Jagid obtained his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester, NY, and his M.D. at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Miami in 2001, and later completed additional training in deep brain stimulation and epilepsy surgery.

Since joining the neurosurgery faculty in 2001, Dr. Jagid has developed a busy sub-specialty practice which reflects the programs of excellence of neurosurgical care provided at UM and its affiliated hospitals. He has achieved superb patient outcomes on a large group of deep brain stimulation (DBS) operations for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders and has recently expanded this program to include the newly approved treatments for psychiatric diseases such as obsessive compulsive disorder. These surgeries involve highly refined computerized targeting incorporating high resolution magnetic resonance imaging to produce pinpoint accuracy. Dr. Jagid’s research includes participation in clinical trials of new biotechnologies for brain stimulation as well as the evaluation of patient cooling in the treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries.

Dr. Jagid is a leader in his field and a true team player who works closely with colleagues from Neurology, Radiation Oncology and various other medical and allied health professionals. He has secondary appointments in the Departments of Neurology, Orthopaedics, and Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Jagid is known by his patients, friends, and colleagues for his humility and his humanity. He is passionate about patient care and treats every person not as a case, but rather as he would a member of his own family. This unique practitioner has also served as a mentor to neurosurgical residents and fellows and has been a lecturer at local and national neuro-trauma related courses.

“Every UM doc has “another life” and Jonathan’s involves a wonderful family including his wife Claudia and two beautiful brilliant children who provide him with the energy and support needed to carry on such a busy and productive professional career,” says Barth A. Green, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery. “We recognize and applaud Jonathan as a key member of this spectacular nationally ranked Department of Neurosurgery.”