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This physician directory lists Pediatric Specialists of America employed physicians, as well as private practice physicians who are solely responsible for the medical services provided by them. All physicians are members of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital medical staff.

= Physicians with the “PSA” badge by their name are employed by Pediatric Specialists of America.

John Ragheb, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery

3100 SW 62 Avenue, ACB #3109
MCH Neurosurgery
Miami FL 33155

Phone: (305)662-8386
Fax: (305)663-8490

Status: Active

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Dr. John Ragheb is the Director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Department at Miami Children’s Hospital. He was promoted to Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery and Pediatrics in June of 2008. He has served as the Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital from July 1996 to the present, and the Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Miami Children's Hospital from November 2003 to the present. Dr. Ragheb is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He was trained in neurosurgery at the University of Maryland and completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the New York University Medical Center.

Dr. Ragheb is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. He is a member of the following local, national, and international organizations: The Global Health Council, The American Academy of Pediatrics Medical Device Committee, The Children’s Brain Trust Steering Committee, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Congress of Neurological Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons, The American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, The Florida Neurosurgical Society, The Medical Executive Committee for the AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery, and The Greater Miami Pediatric Society. In addition, he is a founding member on the Board of Directors for The Child Foundation, Inc. and has recently been appointed Chairman of the Membership and Credentials Committee for the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and serves as a director on the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery.

A well-published author, Dr. Ragheb has written extensively on the subjects of intramedullary tumors of the spinal cord, pediatric traumatic brain injury, and pediatric epilepsy surgery. His areas of clinical interest in addition to the above listed topics include hydrocephalus, spina bifida, tethered spinal cord, congenital anomalies of the central nervous system, neuroendoscopy, pediatric neuro-oncology, arteriovenous malformations, Chiari malformations, brain tumors, craniofacial anomalies, and spasticity.

An extraordinary humanitarian, in 2003, Dr. Ragheb created a program to treat hydrocephalus in children in Haiti under the sponsorship of Project Medishare. An all-volunteer surgical team travels to Haiti twice per year to perform surgeries on children with hydrocephalus, approximately twenty surgeries being performed during each trip. The program's goal has evolved to develop a neurosurgery training program with Haiti's Minister of Health and the Dean of the National School of Medicine in Port-Au-Prince. The efforts have recruited pediatric neurosurgeons, as well as other specialists from several U.S. programs.

Since the January 2010 earthquake, Dr. Ragheb has returned several times to provide urgent medical care to the injured at Project Medishare’s field hospital. He leads a team of specialists and organizations in the United States and Haiti who are working to establish training and educational programs, offering to coordinate the continuous presence of North American trained neurosurgeons as teachers and surgical mentors. The goal is to have a self sustaining program that could extend to funding and supporting a specialty hospital for children and provide training for pediatricians and pediatric specialists.


Fibrous dysplasia: management of the optic canal.

Satterwhite TS, Morrison G, Ragheb J, Bhatia S, Perlyn C, Wolfe SA.

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jun;135(6):1016e-24e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000001295.

Incidental findings on brain and spine imaging in children.

Maher CO, Piatt JH Jr; Section on Neurologic Surgery, American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pediatrics. 2015 Apr;135(4):e1084-96. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-0071.

Ca2+ signals regulate mitochondrial metabolism by stimulating CREB-mediated expression of the mitochondrial Ca2+ uniporter gene MCU.

Shanmughapriya S, Rajan S, Hoffman NE, Zhang X, Guo S, Kolesar JE, Hines KJ, Ragheb J, Jog NR, Caricchio R, Baba Y, Zhou Y, Kaufman BA, Cheung JY, Kurosaki T, Gill DL, Madesh M.

Sci Signal. 2015 Mar 3;8(366):ra23. doi: 10.1126/scisignal.2005673.

Flying with a shunt.

Lo Presti A, Weil AG, Ragheb J.

J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Feb;15(2):223-4. doi: 10.3171/2014.7.PEDS14222. Epub 2014 Nov 28. No abstract available.

The supracerebellar-transtentorial approach to posteromedial temporal lesions in children with refractory epilepsy.

Weil AG, Middleton AL, Niazi TN, Ragheb J, Bhatia S.

J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Jan;15(1):45-54. doi: 10.3171/2014.10.PEDS14162.

Proteomic and Mitochondrial Genomic Analyses of Pediatric Brain Tumors.

Luna B, Bhatia S, Yoo C, Felty Q, Sandberg DI, Duchowny M, Khatib Z, Miller I, Ragheb J, Prasanna J, Roy D.

Mol Neurobiol. 2014 Oct 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Bayesian network and mechanistic hierarchical structure modeling of increased likelihood of developing intractable childhood epilepsy from the combined effect of mtDNA variants, oxidative damage, and copy number.

Luna B, Bhatia S, Yoo C, Felty Q, Sandberg DI, Duchowny M, Khatib Z, Miller I, Ragheb J, Prasanna J, Roy D.

J Mol Neurosci. 2014 Dec;54(4):752-66. doi: 10.1007/s12031-014-0364-x. Epub 2014 Jul 16.

Avoiding routine postoperative head CT in children.

Weil AG, Ragheb J, Niazi TN, Bhatia S.

J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 May;13(5):585-7. doi: 10.3171/2013.12.PEDS13624. Epub 2014 Mar 14. No abstract available.

Endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization in posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus of prematurity.

Chamiraju P, Bhatia S, Sandberg DI, Ragheb J.

J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2014 Apr;13(4):433-9. doi: 10.3171/2013.12.PEDS13219. Epub 2014 Feb 14.

The serological evidence in humans supports a negligible risk of zoonotic infection from porcine circovirus type 2.

Burbelo PD, Ragheb JA, Kapoor A, Zhang Y.

Biologicals. 2013 Nov;41(6):430-4. doi: 10.1016/j.biologicals.2013.09.005. Epub 2013 Oct 10.

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