About Maryam Rahman
Maryam Rahman, MD, MS, is an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery at the University of Florida. Working within the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy at UF, she specializes in the treatment of patients with brain or spinal tumors. Her focus is on novel treatment techniques, including laser interstitial thermotherapy, fluorescence-guided surgery, immunotherapy/vaccine therapy and awake cortical mapping during surgery.
Dr. Rahman received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Johns Hopkins University, and attended medical school and completed a neurosurgical residency at UF. During her training, she completed a two-year neurooncology fellowship under the direction of world-renowned scientist Brent Reynolds, PhD, studying tumor stem cells and their role in developing novel therapy for brain tumors. At the same time, she earned her Master of Science degree in clinical investigation. After residency, Dr. Rahman completed a surgical neuro-oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins. During her training, she was granted the Chuck Shank Award for Excellence in Neurosurgery, the Resident Research Award, the Resident High Board Score Award and the Outstanding Resident Educator Award. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. She served as 2018-2019 president of the Florida Neurological Society.
Dr. Rahman’s current interests include providing leading-edge, quality care for patients with brain tumors, teaching and mentoring medical students and residents and performing translational research to discover and implement novel therapies for malignant brain tumors. As a member of the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy at UF, she works with expert neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists and researchers to provide progressive treatment options for patients. Dr. Rahman performs awake cortical mapping, fluorescence-guided surgery and laser interstitial therapy for the treatment of brain tumors.
In addition to her busy clinical practice, she mentors doctors in training. She was awarded the 2016 Basic Science Teacher of the Year through the College of Medicine, and in 2018 and 2019, she received the Exemplary Teacher Award.
Dr. Rahman is dedicated to finding a cure for brain tumors. Her laboratory focuses on identifying novel immunotherapy approaches to overcome resistance in patients with brain cancer. She collaborates with Dr. Duane Mitchell and many other investigators in the UF Brain Tumor lmmunotherapy Program. Her training in neurosurgical oncology and tumor stem cell biology has provided her the foundation to investigate several novel immunotherapy strategies for patients with brain cancer.
Dr. Rahman’s work is supported by grants from the NIH, the Preston A. Wells Jr. endowment and private foundations. Her translational research is actively being tested in human clinical trials. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, multiple book chapters and has been invited to speak at various national conferences and events.
- Acoustic neuroma
- Brain surgery
- Brain tumor – primary – adults
- Encephalocele / CSF leak
- Spinal tumor