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Robert M. Starke, M.D.

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Robert M. Starke, M.D.


  • Fax: 305-243-3337


  • Neurological Surgery




  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology
  • Co-Director of Endovascular Neurosurgery JMH
  • Director of Neurovascular Research

Research Interests

 Cerebral Aneurysm Pathogenesis, Stem Cells in Cerebrovascular Disease, Vascular Inflammation in Stroke, Genetics of Cerebrovascular Disease, Neuroprotection, Atherosclerosis, Endovascular Device & Technology Development, Advances in Neuroimaging, Radiosurgery & Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cerebrovascular & Oncology Treatment Outcomes, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, Cerebral Vasospasm, Intracerebral Hemorrhage, Arteriovenous Malformations & Fistulas, Moyamoya Disease & Syndrome, Carotid Artery Disease, Pseudotumor Cerebri, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Cerebral & Skull Base Tumors


NSV Basic Science Award
Galbraith CNS Cerebrovascular Award
Brainlab Community Neurosurgery Award
Crutchfield, Gage, Thomson Award
Synthes Skull Base Award
Leksell Radiosurgery Award
Synthes Cerebrovascular Section Award
Graduated Top 5% of Class with Distinction in Neuroscience Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Masters of Medical Science in Statistics & Epidemiology Distinction in Clinical & Translational Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Outstanding Clinical Science Research Award, National Research Forum
Outstanding Basic Science Research Award, Eastern Atlantic Research Forum
B.A., Neuroscience Magna Cum Laude, Princeton University
Basic Science Award and Grant, Ciba Geigy
Three by Four Hackley Athletic Award Award for distinction in Football, Basketball, Tennis Most Valuable Player Tennis 11 Varsity Season Letters
CNS Research Award
AANS Stereotactic and Functional Award
NSV Clinical Research Award
NSV Clinical Research Award
CNS Research Award
Integra CNS/AANS Tumor Award


Cerebrovascular & Skull Base Fellowship
Department of Neurological Surgery Auckland University New Zealand
Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship
University of Virginia Department of Neurological Surgery
Endovascular Neurosurgery Fellowship
Thomas Jefferson University Department of Neurological Surgery
Chief Resident
University of Virginia Department of Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery Residency
University of Virginia Department of Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery Internship
University of Virginia Department of Neurological Surgery
Research Fellow
National Institute of Health Clinical Research Training Program
Neurovascular Research Fellow
Department of Neurological Surgery Columbia University
Doctor of Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Masters of Medical Science in Statistics & Epidemiology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bachelor of Arts
Princeton University


Dr. Starke is a member of the departments of neurological surgery and neuroradiology and specializes in the treatment of cerebral vascular disease including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and fistulas, cavernous malformaitons, moyamoya disease, carotid and intracranial stenosis including bypass surgery, pseudotumor cerebri, and intracranial hypertension. He also treats all aspects of brain tumor and skull base surgery. He is one of the few dual-trained neurosurgeons in the country able to offer both surgical and minimally invasive endovascular solutions to complex cerebrovascular disease. The minimally invasive endovascular techniques allows for patients to be treated through a 1mm incision in the leg with no incisions in the head.  He also practices in gamma knife radiosurgery adding a further component of minimal invasive treatment options.


Because of his multi-modality training, he is unbiased with regards to the treatment chosen. While most lesions can be treated endovascularly, there are some cases are safer with surgery or focused radiotherapy. Dr Starke is able to perform every procedure from the initial angiogram to the final embolization or surgery. Dr. Starke also has a busy brain tumor practice, with approximately 1/3 of his patients being referred for brain tumors. He is also a specialist in pediatric vascular disease such as aneurysms and tumors, with 1 dedicated day per week treating children with endovascular techniques.

Dr. Starke is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology at the University of Miami MILLER School of Medicine. Previously, he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Princeton University and distinction in neuroscience. He obtained his medical doctorate from Albert Einstein graduating with distinction in clinical and translational research. He also obtained a Masters of Medical Science with distinction in neuroscience research as part of the National Institute of Health Clinical Research Training Program. He also completed a cerebral vascular research fellowship at Columbia University, which provided him with a wide background in epidemiology and statistics. 

Dr. Starke attended neurosurgery residency at the University of Virginia. He also completed endovascular fellowships at Thomas Jefferson University and University of Virginia and a cerebral vascular and skull base fellowship at Auckland University Hospital, New Zealand. 

His laboratory research focuses on cerebral vascular pathophysiology including aneurysm, AVM, ICH, and ischemic stroke models. These avenues allow for the development of novel cellular, medical, radiographic, surgical, and endovascular techniques. As the Director of Neurovascular Research, he helps run numerous clinical trials for minimally invasive treatment of cerebral vascular disease brain tumors. 

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