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Ian J Tafel, MD

Neurosurgeon, Spine Surgeon

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About me

Ian Tafel, MD, is a University of Florida neurosurgeon at UF Health Neurosurgery – Halifax.

Dr. Tafel received his undergraduate degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh. Before deciding to go to medical school, Dr. Tafel was a third-generation industrial machinery mechanic. He received his medical degree from Geisinger Commonwealth School in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in neurological surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard Program where he worked on nerve regeneration and the fabrication of advanced materials for medical applications at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Afterward, Dr. Tafel completed his fellowship in complex spine for surgery at the University of Miami. He has published dozens of research papers in the field of neurosurgery in addition to his clinical work.

Dr. Tafel’s clinical interests include degenerative disorders of the spine, spinal cord tumors, spinal deformities and minimally invasive spine surgery.

During his free time, Dr. Tafel enjoys spending time at the beach with his family and working on cars. He is also a private airplane pilot and completed his first solo flight at 16 years old.

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Top areas of exploration

  • Spinal Fusion , 4 publications
  • Postoperative Complications , 3 publications
  • Neurosurgical Procedures , 3 publications
  • Decompression, Surgical , 2 publications

Research activity

13 publications

222 citations

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