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Rafael Tamargo, M.D.

Rafael Jesus Tamargo, M.D.

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4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings
  • Walter E. Dandy Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery

Languages: English, Spanish


Acoustic Neuromas, Acute Stroke Care, Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (ASH), Aneurysms, Arteriovenous Fistulas (AVF), Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM), Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors, Carotid Artery Stenosis, Cerebral Aneurysms, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas, Intracerebral Hemorrhage , Ischemic Heart Disease, Moyamoya Disease, Neurosurgery, Orbital Tumors, Skull Base Tumors, Stroke, Stroke Imaging, Stroke Prevention, Stroke Recovery, Stroke Rehabilitation, Transient Ischemic Attack more

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Appointment Phone: 410-614-1533
600 N. Wolfe Street
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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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Dr. Rafael Tamargo focuses on the treatment of aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), cavernous malformations, and arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) of the brain and spinal cord in both children and adults. He also specializes in the neurosurgical treatment of carotid stenosis in the neck by removing the inner layer of the artery.

Additionally, Dr. Rafael Tamargo focuses on the treatment of skull base tumors such as acoustic tumors, meningiomas, orbital tumors and benign and malignant cranionasal tumors.

Dr. Rafael Tamargo has a particular interest in and extensive experience with revascularization procedures for moyamoya disease. For this condition, Dr. Rafael Tamargo performs a microsurgical extracranial to intracranial artery (EC-IC) bypass or, more specifically, a superficial temporal artery to middle cerebral artery (STA-MCA) bypass accompanied by an encephaloduroarteriomyosynangiosis (EDAMS).

A recipient of numerous honors and awards, some of Dr. Tamargos most recent accolades include the Neurosurgery Faculty Teaching Award and the Hopkins Richard S. Ross Clinician Scientist Award. more


  • Walter E. Dandy Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Director, Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Neurosurgical Co-Director, Neurosciences Critical Care Unit
  • Vice-Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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Centers & Institutes



  • MD; Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1984)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurological Surgery (1987)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurological Surgery (1991)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurological Surgery (1988)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery / Neurological Surgery (1995)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Kanagalingam, S., P. Gailloud, R. J. Tamargo, P. S. Subramanian, and N. R. Miller. Visual sequelae after consensus-based treatment of ophthalmic artery segment aneurysms: The Johns Hopkins Experience. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology 32: 27-32, 2012.

Wicks, Robert T., G. Pradilla, S. M. Raza, U. Hadelsburg, A. C. Coon, J. Huang, and R. J. Tamargo. Impact of changes in intraoperative somatosensory evoked potentials on stroke rates after clipping of intracranial aneurysms. Neurosurgery 70: 1114-1124, May 2012.

Starmer, H. M., S. R. Best, Y. Agrawal, W. W. Chien, A. T. Hilllel, H. W. Francis, R. J. Tamargo, and L. M. Akst. Prevalence, characteristics, and management of swallowing Tamargo CV - 1 5 disorders following cerebellopontine angle surgery. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 146: 419-425, 2012.

Pradilla, G., T. Garzon-Muvdi, J. J. Ruzevick, M. Bender, L. Edwards, E. N. Momin, R. C. Thompson, and R. J. Tamargo. Systemic L-citrulline prevents cerebral vasospasm in haptoglobin 2-2 transgenic mice after subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurgery 70: 747-757, March 2012.

Colby, G. P., A. R. Paul, M. G. Radvany, D. Gandhi, P. Gailloud, J. Huang, R. J. Tamargo, and A. L. Coon. A single center comparison of coiling versus stent assisted coiling in 90 consecutive paraophthalmic region aneurysms. J Neurointerv Surg 4: 116-120, March 2012.

Coon, A. L., A. R. Paul, G. P. Colby, L. Lin, G. Pradilla, J. Huang, and R. J. Tamargo. Comparison of tertiary-center aneurysm location frequencies in 400 consecutive cases: Decreasing incidence of posterior communicating artery region aneurysms. Surgical Neurology International 2(4): 152, July-August 2011.

Shan, X., I. Hamasaki, J. Tian, H. S. Ying, R. J. Tamargo, and D. S. Zee. Vertical alignment in monkeys with unilateral IV section: effects of prolonged monocular patching and trigeminal deafferentation. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1233: 7884, 2011.

Rivas, A., K. D. Boahene, H. C. Bravo, M. Tan, R. J. Tamargo, and H. W. Francis. A model for early prediction of facial nerve recovery after vestibular schwannoma surgery. Otol Neurotol. 32(5): 826-833, July 2011.

Walker, M. F., J. Tian, X. Shan, R. J. Tamargo, H. Ying, and D. S. Zee. The cerebellar nodulus/uvula integrates otolith signals for the translational vestibulo-ocular reflex. PLoS ONE 5(11): e13981, 2010.

Paul, A. R., G. P. Colby, M. R. Radvany, J. Huang, R. J. Tamargo, and A. L. Coon. Femoral access in 100 consecutive subarachnoid hemorrhage patients: The craniotomy of endovascular neurosurgery. BMC Research Notes. 3: 285, 2010.

Alvernia, J. E., G. Pradilla, P. Mertens, G. Lanzino, and R. J. Tamargo. Latex injection of cadaver heads: Technical note. Neurosurgery / Operative Neurosurgery Supplement 2 67: 362-367, 2010.

Activities & Honors


  • Galbraith Award for Best Abstract Submission by a Resident on Cerebrovascular Disease (senior author and sponsor of Dr. Richard E. Clatterbuck), 52nd Annual Meeting of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002
  • Walter E. Dandy, M.D., Professorship/Chair, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2004
  • Walter E Dandy, M.D., Guest Lecturer, Department of Neurosurgery Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2004
  • Professional Achievement Recognition Transforming Influences The Johns Hopkins Campaign: Knowledge for the World Gala Dinner, Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center, Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, 2006
  • Mordecai Y. T. Globus New Investigator Award for Stroke Abstract (senior author and sponsor of Dr. Michael T. Froehler), International Stroke Conference 2009, San Diego, California, 2009
  • Paul Ehrlich Research Award (senior author and sponsor of Eric N. Momin) 32nd Young Investigator's Day Award, Vernon B. Mountcastle Auditorium, Preclinical Teaching Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2009
  • Guest examiner for the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS), 161st Meeting, Marriott Medical Center Hotel, Houston, Texas, Invited by Dr. Daniel Barrow, Secretary of the ABNS, 2011
  • Harold Lamport Research Scholar Award for Involvement of the Haptoglobin Gene Locus in the Formation of Extracranial Aneurysms (senior author and sponsor of Jacob Ruzevick), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012


  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery

Videos & Media

Patient Story: Ophthalmic Nerve Aneurysm - Les' Story

Doorways to Discovery: Shifting the Vasospasm Paradigm

Brain Aneurysms: FAQs with Rafael Tamargo, M.D

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A New Da Vinci Code? Divine Proportion Found in Human Skulls  Psychology Today Oct 1 2019

Recorded Webinar: Latest Treatment Options for Brain Aneurysms

Recorded Webinar: Acoustic Neuromas: Diagnosis and Treatment

Advancing Treatment of Hemorrhagic Stroke, NeuroLogic (Spring 2015)

Press release: Tests In Mice Identify Compound That May Keep Survivors of Ruptured Brain Aneurysms From Later Succumbing to Stroke (10/01/2013)

When Blood Cells Threaten the Brain, Collaborations in Discovery (November 2011)


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