Dr. Jason Blatt is a fellowship-trained board-certified pediatric neurosurgeon. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery in the College of Medicine. His clinical interests include all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with a special focus on the treatment of brain tumors, epilepsy, congenital spinal disorders and minimally invasive and transnasal brain surgery. His research interests include all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, in addition to medical and surgical education, surgical simulation and physician process automation.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Transnasal Brain Surgery
Congenital Spinal Disorders
Media Appearances (4)
11-year-old Warner Robins gymnast overcomes epilepsy
WMAZ, Macon, Georgia tv
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. 11-year-old gymnast Anabela Kay from Warner Robins has overcome a lot after being diagnosed with epilepsy. Peggy Kay, Anabela's mom, says this is how it started... "Bela has a rare kind of seizure to where her breathing stops or her heart stops. Now, not all epileptics go through that, but Bela will with every seizure," said Kay. At 8-years-old, Anabela experienced her first seizure at gymnastics practice and then she would have as many as 15 seizures a day.
Helping Hand: Battling Beau's brain tumor
Suncoast News Network online
When Beau Christensen took to spring football practice in April all seemed well. Until the Rams’ linebacker starting complaining of being fatigued and having excruciating headaches. "We ended up sending him straight to the emergency room that night. He was diagnosed with a large brain tumor and they did a resection," says Beau's dad Stu Christensen. University of Florida Shand’s Hospital neurosurgeon Dr. Jason Blatt performed the 10 hour surgery to successfully remove the teen’s brain tumor.
A Patient's Guide to Brain Diseases and Other Neurological Conditions
U.S. News and World Report online
The nervous system – compromised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves – is in effect the control center for the body. It reaches from our head to the (nerves in) the tips of our fingers and toes. When it’s working well, the nervous system allows us to function on all levels – to walk, speak, breathe and swallow. Many of these functions are automatic and don’t require thought. But the same system also allows us to think deeply, thanks to the complicated organ at the center of it all.
15-year old recovering from traumatic brain injury
CBS4, Gainesville tv
"It’s an image I don’t want to see again." Rylan's mother describes how he looked after his accident. It’s been less than a year, but Rylan and his mom Erin Lord, still remember that horrific day when he crashed on his ATV and it landed on his head. “I opened my eyes and all I can remember is my head making a squeaky noise and blood everywhere," Rylan said. He gathered as much strength as he could to walk in the house, and that's when his mom saw him.
The current landscape of immunotherapy for pediatric brain tumorsNature Cancer
Eugene I. Hwang, et al.
Pediatric central nervous system tumors are the most common solid malignancies in childhood, and aggressive therapy often leads to long-term sequelae in survivors, making these tumors challenging to treat. Immunotherapy has revolutionized prospects for many cancer types in adults, but the intrinsic complexity of treating pediatric patients and the scarcity of clinical studies of children to inform effective approaches have hampered the development of effective immunotherapies in pediatric settings.
Suboccipital Craniotomy and C1 Laminectomy for Atypical Choroid Plexus PapillomaJournal of Clinical Neurology and Neuroscience
Patricia Sacks, et al.
Atypical choroid plexus papilloma is a rare pediatric brain tumor that has distinct clinical and pathologic features. In this case, we highlight the diagnosis and management of this rare disease. The details of case positioning and execution are discussed. The case review is utilized as an overview of histopathologic findings, to discuss clinical features of the disease, and to highlight areas warranting further investigation. In particular, we provide insight into the typical clinical course post-treatment.
Robotically Steered Needles: A Survey of Neurosurgical Applications and Technical InnovationsRobotic Surgery: Research and Reviews
Michael Audette, et al.
This paper surveys both the clinical applications and main technical innovations related to steered needles, with an emphasis on neurosurgery. Technical innovations generally center on curvilinear robots that can adopt a complex path that circumvents critical structures and eloquent brain tissue. These advances include several needle-steering approaches, which consist of tip-based, lengthwise, base motion-driven, and tissue-centered steering strategies.