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Jacques J. Morcos, M.D.

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Jacques J. Morcos, M.D.



  • English
  • Arabic
  • French


  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

Video Introduction



  • Neurological Surgery


  • Jacques J. Morcos, MD, FRCS (Eng), FRCS(Ed), FAANS Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery and Otolaryngology Director, Cerebrovascular Surgery Director, Skull Base, Pituitary and Endoscopic Tumor Surgery Director, Cerebrovascular/Skull base Fellowship
  • Professor & Co-Chairman of Neurological Surgery Division Chief, Cranial Medical Director, Neurosurgery Cranial UMHC

Clinical Interests

Cerebrovascular lesions: Aneurysms, AVMs, cavernous angiomas, atherosclerotic carotid disease, moyamoya disease, stroke, bypass surgery

Brain tumors

Skull base lesions: Pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, head and neck cancers, all other types

Gamma Knife radiosurgery

Research Interests

Vascular neuroanatomy, bypass surgery for aneurysms and ischemia, skull base surgery approaches, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, virtual reality in microsurgical education and training.


2011-2012 Best Doctors in America
2011 Compassionate Doctor Award from Patients' Choice
2011 Honored Guest, Turkish Neurosurgical Society Meeting
2011 Donaghy Lecture Award and Honored Guest, New England Neurosurgical Society Meeting
2011 International Who's Who of Professionals
2011 Top Doctor, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2011 E. Harry Botterell Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, Dept of Neurosurgery
2010-2011 America's Top Doctors for Cancer
2010 Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)
2010 Fellow of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS)
2010 Honored Guest, 50th Annual Meeting of Korean Neurosurgical Society
2009 Patients' Choice Award
2007-2008 Best Doctors in America
2006 Distinguished Guest, Asian-Oceanian Skull Base Society Meeting, Dubai, UAE, Nov 2006
2003 Elected Member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery
1994 Zhao Zi-Zhen Resident Award, Minnesota Medical Foundation
1993 Peyton Society Award
1988 Henry Arthur Dalziel Ferns Prize
1984 "Honors" rating, 2 months clinical Neurosurgical Clerkship, University of Cincinnati,
1981 B.Sc., Biology - Chemistry with "High Distinction"
1980-1984 Dean's Honor List
1978 French Baccalaureate (High School) Exam - ranked 2nd in Lebanon among all candidates
1978 S.Q. Entrance Exam - ranked 1st among all applicants (score: 755), American


2004 Endovascular Neurosurgery
University of Miami
1995 Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery
Barrow Neurological Institute
1994 Cerebrovascular Surgery
University of Florida
1993 Neurosurgery
University of Minnesota
1984 M.D.
American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine
1980 B.Eng. (Honours)
American University of Beirut


  • Avci E, Aktüre E, Seçkin H, Uluç K, Bauer AM, Izci Y, Morcos JJ, Baskaya MK: Level I to III craniofacial approaches based on Barrow classification for treatment of skull base meningiomas: surgical technique, microsurgical anatomy, and case illustrations. Neurosurg Focus. 2011 May; 30(5):E5.
  • Wolfe SQ, Manzano G, Langer DJ, Morcos JJ: Cavernous malformation of the oculomotor nerve mimicking a partially thrombosed posterior communicating artery aneurysm: Report of two cases. Neurosurgery. 2011 Aug;69(2):463
  • Avci E, Akture E, Seckin H, Uluc K, Bauer AM, Izci Y, Morcos JJ, Baskaya MK: Level I to III craniofacial approaches based on Barrow classification for treatment of skull base meningiomas: surgical technique, microsurgical anatomy, and case illustrations. Neurosurg Focus. 2011 May; 30(5):E5.
  • Wolfe SQ, Manzano G, Langer DJ, Morcos JJ: Cavernous malformation of the oculomotor nerve mimicking a partially thrombosed posterior communicating artery aneurysm: Report of two cases. Neurosurgery. 2011 Aug;69(2):463
  • Wolfe SQ, Cumberbatch NM, Aziz-Sultan MA, Tummala R, Morcos JJ: Operative approach via the superior ophthalmic vein for the endovascular treatment of carotid cavernous fistulas that fail traditional endovascular access. Neurosurgery. 2010 Jun;66(6 Suppl Operative):293-9; discussion 299
  • Black PM, Heros R, Morcos J, Brotchi J: The XIV World Congress of Neurosurgery: August 30-September 4, 2009, Boston, Massachusetts, World Neurosurg. 2010 Apr;73(4):242-4
  • Eloy JA, Vivero RJ, Hoang K, Civantos FJ, Weed DT, Morcos JJ, Casiano RR: Comparison of transnasal endoscopic and open craniofacial resection for malignant tumors of the anterior skull base. Laryngoscope. 2009 may;119(5):834-40
  • Folbe A, Herzallah I, Duvvuri U, Bublik M, Sargi Z, Snyderman CH, Carrau R, Casiano R, Kassam AB, Morcos JJ: Endoscopic endonasal resection of esthesioneuroblastoma: a multicenter study. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2009 Jan-Feb;23(1):91-4
  • Elhammady MS, Farhat H, Aziz-Sultan MA, Morcos JJ: Isolated unilateral hypoglossal nerve palsy secondary to an atlanto-occipital joint juxtafacet synovial cyst: Case report and review of the literature. J Neurosurg Spine. 2009 Mar;10(3):234-9. Review
  • Zoeller GK, Benveniste RJ, Landy H, Morcos JJ, Jagid J: Outcomes and management strategies after nondiagnostic stereotactic biopsies of brain lesions. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2009;87(3):174-81
  • Thompson SM, Duque CS, Sheth RN, Casiano RR, Morcos JJ, Gomez-Fernandez CR: Case Report: Liposarcoma of the sinonasal tract. Br J Radiol. 2009 Aug;82(980):e160-3
  • Seth RN, Thompson SM, Morcos JJ: Drop Metastasis from Primary Intracranial Mesenchymal Chondosarcoma: Case Report. Annals of Neurosurgery, 2009; 9(7):1-9
  • Elhammady MS, Nakaji P, Farhat H, Morcos JJ, Aziz-Sultan MA. Balloon-assisted clipping of a large paraclinoidal aneurysm: a salvage procedure. Neurosurgery. 2009 Dec;65(6):E1210-1; discussion E1211
  • Wolfe SQ, Bruce J, Morcos JJ: Pituicytoma: Case Report and Review of the literature. Neurosurgery. 2008 Jul;63(1):E173-4; discussion E174.
  • Elhammady MS, Baskaya MK, Sonmez OF, Morcos JJ: Persistent primitive hypoglossal artery with retrograde flow from the vertebrobasilar system: Case Report. Neurosurg Rev. 2007 Oct;30(4):345-9; discussion 349. Epub 2007 Aug 9
  • Tse D, Benedetto P, Morcos JJ, Johnson TE, Weed D, Dubovy S: An atypical presentation of adenoid cystic carcinoma of the lacrimal gland. Am J Ophthal. 2006 Jan;141(1):187-9
  • Baskaya MK, Coscarella E, Jea A, Morcos JJ: Aneurysm of the anterior inferior cerebellar artery-posterior inferior cerebellar artery variant: case report with anatomical description in the cadaver. Neurosurgery. 2006 Feb;58(2):E388; discussion E388
  • Heros RC, Morcos JJ: Neurosurgical Education. Clin Neurosurg. 2006;53:26-37
  • Wolfe SQ, Tummala RP, Morcos, JJ: Cerebral revascularization in skull base tumors. Skull base. 2005 Feb;15(1):71-82
  • Tummala RP, Coscarella E, Morcos JJ: Transpetrosal Approaches to the Posterior Fossa. Neurosurg Focus. 2005 Aug 15;19(2):E6
  • Ugur Hasan C, Kahilogullari G, Coscarella E, Unlu A, Tekdemir I, Morcos J, Elhan A, Baskaya M: Arterial vascularization of primary motor cortex (precentral gyrus). Surg Neurol. 2005;64 Suppl 2:S48-52
  • Vitarbo E, Sultan A, Wang D, Morcos JJ, Levi AD: Split cord malformation with associated Type IV spinal cord perimedullary arteriovenous fistula: Case report. J Neurosurg Spine. 2005 nov;3(5):400-4
  • Coscarella E, Baskaya M, Morcos JJ: An Alternative Extradural Exposure to the Anterior Clinoid Process (ACP): the Superior Orbital Fissure (SOF) as a Surgical Corridor. Anatomy, Technical Note and Clinical Experience. Neurosurgery. 2003 Jul;53(1):162-167
  • Jea AH, Baskaya M, Morcos JJ: Penetration of the optic nerve by a carotid-ophthalmic aneurysm: Case report and literature review. Neurosurgery, 2003 Oct;53(4): 996-1000
  • Romano JG, Forteza AM, Concha M, Koch S, Heros RC, Morcos JJ, Babikian VL: Detection of microemboli by transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Neurosurgery. 2002 May;50(5): 1026-30
  • Morcos JJ: Malignant skull base teratoma – Experts’ corner. Skull base. 12(4): 221-5, 2002
  • Odabasi AO, Buchman CA, Morcos JJ: Tumor-associated hemorrhage in patients with acoustic neuroma. Am J Otology. 2000 Sep;21(5):706-11
  • Heros RC, Morcos JJ: Principals Editorial: Cerebrovascular surgery - Past, present and future. Neurosurgery. 2000 Nov;47(5):1007-33
  • Morcos JJ, Heros RC, Frank DE: Microsurgical treatment of infratentorial malformations. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 1999 Jul;10(3):441-74
  • Kato T, Nery JR, Morcos JJ, Gyamfi AR, Ruiz P, Molina EG, Tzakis AG: Successful living related liver transplantation in an adult with fulminant hepatic failure. Transplantation. 1997 64(3): 415-7
  • Lawton MT, Hamilton MC, Morcos JJ, Spetzler RF: Revascularization and aneurysm surgery: Current techniques, indications and outcome. Neurosurgery. 1996 jan;38(1):83-92; discussion 92-4
  • Morcos JJ, Spetzler RF: Classification of AVMs. J Neurosurg. 1995 Oct;83(4):761-2
  • Morcos JJ, Haines SJ: History of brain stem surgery. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 1993 Jul;4(3):357-65
  • Morcos JJ, Heros RC: Results and complications of the surgical management of intracranial aneurysms. In: Current Management of Cerebral Aneurysms, Neurosurgical Topics Series, edited by IA Awad, AANS, 1993
  • Heros RC, Morcos JJ, Korosue K: Arteriovenous malformations of the brain – Surgical management. In: Clinical Neurosurgery, Vol 40, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 1993
  • Dvorak DM, Rusnak RA, Morcos JJ: Multiple trauma in the achondroplastic dwarf. Am J Emerg Med. 1993 Jul;11(4):390-5.


Jacques J. Morcos, M.D., F.R.C.S. (Eng), F.R.C.S. (Ed) specializes in the field of cerebrovascular and skullbase surgery. His neurosurgical training began at the famous National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen's Square and Maida Vale in London, England. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Minnesota. He then completed two Fellowships; the first one under Dr. Arthur Day in Cerebrovascular surgery at the University of Florida, and the second one under Dr. Robert Spetzler in Cerebrovascular surgery and Skull base surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute. He joined the Faculty at the University of Miami's Department of Neurological Surgery in 1995. In view of his close involvement and team work with Neurootologists and Head and Neck Surgeons in Skull base Surgery, he also has a joint appointment in Otolaryngology.

Dr. Morcos treats all aspects of cerebrovascular disease, including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations-AVMs, carotid stenosis, and intracranial atherosclerosis including bypass surgery. He also treats all aspects of brain tumor and skullbase surgery, including pituitary tumors, benign skull base tumors (such as meningiomas, schwannomas, acoustic neuromas and others), malignant skull base tumors (such as carcinomas and others), as well as gliomas and brain metastases. He also has an active practice in CyberKnife radiosurgery.

Dr. Morcos has numerous awards for his academic achievements, such as the Henry Arthur Dalziel Ferns Prize from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for being the most outstanding candidate in the primary F.R.C.S. examination and obtaining the highest marks over a period of 6 years. He also obtained the Peyton Society Award for ranking 1st in the written exam of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is a member of several national and international neurosurgical organizations. He is Director-at-large in the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS), serves on multiple committees with the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the World Federation of Neurological Societies (WFNS), and is Past Chair of the Joint American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Cerebrovascular Section. He is accredited by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He is on the editorial board of several national and international journals including the Journal of Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, and others. His bibliography includes more than 50 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews. He has made more than 290 national and international presentations.

In addition to his clinical commitments, Dr. Morcos runs a microsurgical anatomical dissection laboratory for education and research in anatomy of the brain and skullbase, and surgical approaches, as well as being involved in projects using virtual reality to study the brain, blood vessels and skull base.

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