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Joao Paulo Cavalcante de Almeida, M.D., Ph.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon

Dr. João Paulo Almeida is a neurosurgeon specialized in skull base surgery, pituitary surgery and neuro-oncology. He has a strong commitment to academic neurosurgery and has authored and co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed papers, 50 neurosurgical meeting presentations, and 25 book chapters, in addition to collaborations in microsurgical courses and academic teaching activities in international centers. His main areas of research are open and endoscopic skull base surgery, neuro-oncology and microsurgical anatomy.

He obtained his medical degree at The School of Medicine of The Federal University of Ceara and did his Neurosurgery residency at State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in Brazil. After residency, he worked with Dr. Evandro de Oliveira and his team at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, in Sao Paulo, and at the State University of Campinas. In 2017, relocated to North America and underwent additional training at the Toronto Western Hospital / University of Toronto as a Clinical Fellow in Neuro-oncology and Skull Base Surgery and Cerebrovascular Surgery; and additionally worked as an Advanced Endoscopic and Open Skull Base Surgery Fellow at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. He joined the Department of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic Florida, in 2021, with focus on Neuro-oncology and Skull Base Surgery.

  1. Brain cancer
  2. Brain metastasis
  3. Brain tumor
  4. Brain tumor-associated epilepsy
  5. Chondrosarcoma
  6. Chordoma
  7. Craniopharyngioma
  8. CSF leak
  9. Encephalocele
  10. Glioma
  11. Glioma-associated epilepsy
  12. Meningioma
  13. Pituitary tumor
  14. Schwannoma
  15. Skull base tumor
  16. Subdural hematoma
  17. Trigeminal neuralgia
  1. Awake brain surgery
  2. Craniotomy
  3. Endoscopic skull base surgery
  4. Endoscopic transnasal transsphenoidal surgery
  5. Gamma knife surgery
  6. Pituitary tumor surgery
  7. Skull base surgery
  • Endoscopic and Open Skull Base Surgery
  • Endoscopic Pituitary Surgery
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Surgical Neuro-oncology
  • Endoscopic Ventricular Surgery
  • Pituitary Adenomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Vestibular schwannomas
  • Chordomas and chondrosarcomas
  • Gliomas and Metastasis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia / Microvascular Decompression
  • Neurosurgical Anatomy and Microsurgery
  • Surgical Education
  • Clinical Research /Skull Base surgery Outcomes
  • Minimally Invasive Cranial Approaches and development of new instruments and techniques
  1. 2021
    Fellow - Cerebrovascular SurgeryToronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto
  2. 2020
    Certificate - Gamma Knife Introductory Course Cleveland Clinic
  3. 2020
    Fellowship - Advanced Endoscopic and Open Skull Base Surgery Cleveland Clinic
  4. 2020
    PhD - Clinical Sciences/Neurology State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
  5. 2019
    Fellowship - Neuro-Oncology and Skull Base Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto
  6. 2015
    Masters - Clinical Sciences/Neurology State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
  7. 2015
    Residency - NeurosurgeryState University of Campinas (UNICAMP)
  8. 2014
    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship - Neuro-oncology and Pituitary SurgeryJohns Hopkins Hospital
  9. 2008
    MDFederal University of Ceara Medical School, Brazil


  1. 2015
    NeurosurgeryBrazilian Society of Neurosurgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2023
    Outstanding Course Co-Director - Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development in Recognition of The Rhoton-De Oliveira Microsurgical and Endoscopic Approaches for Skull Base SurgeryMayo Clinic School od Continuous Professional Development
  2. 2018
    Zane Cohen Clinical Fellowship Achievement AwardUniversity of Toronto

Professional memberships

  1. 2019 - present
    MemberNorth American Skull Base Society
  2. 2017 - present
    International MemberCongress of Neurological Surgeons
  3. 2015 - present
    MemberBrazilian Society of Neurosurgery (SBN)
  4. 2010 - present
    Candidate MemberAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons