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Joseph C. Maroon, MD

  • Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Dr. Maroon is regarded as a premiere specialist in the surgical treatment of injuries and diseases of the brain and spine, particularly with microscopic and minimally invasive procedures. His research into brain tumors, concussions and diseases of the spine has led to many innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating these disorders. Consistently listed in America’s Best Doctors, Dr. Maroon’s patients travel from all over the world to seek his care.

Team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 1981, Dr. Maroon has successfully performed surgery on numerous professional football players and other elite athletes with potentially career-ending neck and spine injuries, safely returning them all to their high level of athletic performance. He serves on the National Football League’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee. Along with Mark Lovell, Ph.D., in the early 1990’s, Dr. Maroon co-developed ImPACT™ (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), the first, most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT is a 20-minute test that has become a world-wide standard tool used in comprehensive clinical management of sports-related concussions for athletes of all ages.

Dr. Maroon is frequently quoted as an expert source by national media, recently including the New York Times, USA Today, Associated Press, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and ABC News Nightline.