Jonathan Forbes

Jonathan Andrew Forbes , MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical

Medical Sciences Building


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Professional Summary

Dr. Forbes is a fellowship-trained, board-certified neurosurgeon with expertise and interest in open and minimally-invasive approaches for treatment of pathology of the cranial base. He has a long and distinguished history of academic recognition, commitment to excellence, and service to our country. As an undergraduate at Grove City College, he was a recipient of the Trustee Scholarship and was named Sportsman of the Year after his senior season of varsity football. Following the events of 9/11, he enrolled in the Health Professions Scholarship Program with the United States Air Force. In medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, he was a recipient of the David Glasser Honors’ Award for academic performance. During neurosurgical residency at Vanderbilt University, he received numerous national accolades—including the AANS Synthes Craniofacial Award for Research in Neurotrauma as well as the AANS Top Gun Award. His score on the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) written board examination during his fourth year of residency was recognized in the top 3% nationwide.
After completing his chief year of neurosurgical residency at Vanderbilt in 2013, Dr. Forbes went on to fulfill a 4-year commitment with the U.S. Air Force that included a 6-month deployment to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. Humanitarian care he provided at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram has been featured in numerous neurosurgical journals—including Journal of Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Focus—and recognized on a national level by the USAF as part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. After honorable discharge from the military, he completed a minimally-invasive skull base fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City under the guidance of Dr. Theodore Schwartz prior to joining the UC Department of Neurosurgery. To date, Dr. Forbes has contributed to over 40 peer-reviewed publications. 


Bachelor's Degree: Grove City College Grove City, PA, 2002

Medical Degree: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh,PA, 2006

Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, Tennessee, 2013 (Neurological Surgery)

Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY, 2017 (Minimally-Invasive Skull Base Surgery)


American Board of Neurological Surgery (Certification Date: 11-03-2018 )

Clinical Interests


Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)

Acute Nerve Lacerations


Arachnoid Cysts

Arnold-Chiari Malformation



Basilar Impression

Basilar Invagination

Benign or Malignant Cranial Nerve Tumors

Benign Peripheral Nerve Tumor

Brachial Plexus Injury

Brachial Plexus Neuropathies

Brain Abscess

Brain Aneurysm (Cerebral aneurysm)

Brain Arteriovenous malformation (AVM)

Brain Cyst

Brain Hemorrhage

Brain Metastases

Brain Stem Tumor

Brain Tumor

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Cavernous Hemangioma

Cavernous Malformations

Central Nervous System Tumors

Central Nervous System Vascular Malformations

Cerebellar Cancers

Cerebral Ventricle Tumor

Cervical Radiculopathy (pinched nerve)

Chiari Malformation


Colloid Cysts

Cranial Nerve Disease

Cranial Nerve Injuries


Epidural Tumor

Facial Nerve Disease

Facial nerve injury

Facial Neuralgia

Facial Pain





Glioneuronal Tumor




Herniated Discs


Infratentorial Cancers

Intracranial Aneurysm

Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations

Intracranial Venous Malformations

Leptomeningeal Disease

Lumbar Radiculopathy

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor

Metastatic Brain Tumor

Nerve Sheath Tumors

Nerve Tumors

Nervous System Tumor





Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenoma

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus


Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Peripheral Nerve Injury

Peripheral Nerve Tumors

Peripheral Nervous System Disease

Peripheral Neuropathy

Pinched Nerve

Pineal Tumor

Pituitary Adenoma

Pituitary Tumor

Pseudotumor Cerebri (Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension)

Ruptured Aneurysm



Sinonasal Skull Base Tumors

Skull-Base Tumors

Spinal Cord Compression

Spinal Fluid Leaks

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Tumors

Spinal Vascular Malformations

Subependymal Glioma

Trigeminal Nerve Injuries

Trigeminal Neuralgia (Tic douloureux)


Neurological Surgery

Research and Practice Interests

Research Support

Grant: #NASBS Research Grant Investigators:Forbes, Jonathan 03-01-2020 -06-30-2021 North American Skull Base Society Investigation of Electrospinning of Cyanoacrylate Glue in Skull Base Repair in Validated Cadaveric Model: Does this Method Provide Superior Protection Against CSF Fistula in Comparison to Traditional Role:PI $900.00 Awarded Level:Private Non-Profit


Peer Reviewed Publications

Forbes,J. A., Teschan,N., Jones,S. H., Parry,P., Simonet,L., Swamy,N. K. (2018. ) Cervical corpectomy for resection of ventral intramedullary capillary hemangioma with circumferential involvement of the anterior spinal artery: case report .Journal of neurosurgery.Spine, , 1 -6

Ottenhausen,M., Rumalla,K., Alalade,A. F., Nair,P., La Corte,E., Younus,I., Forbes,J. A., Ben Nsir,A., Banu,M. A., Tsiouris,A. J., Schwartz,T. H. (2018. ) Decision-making algorithm for minimally invasive approaches to anterior skull base meningiomas .Neurosurgical focus, , 44 (4 ) ,E7

Forbes,J. A., D'Herbemont,S., Lehner,K. R., Pineda Martinez,D., Navarro-Chavez,I. P., Mendez Rosito,D., Schwartz,T. H. (2018. ) Feasibility of endoscopic endonasal approach for clip application of cerebral aneurysms: a systematic review .Journal of neurosurgical sciences, ,

Zusman,E. E., Friedlander,R. M., Forbes,J. A. (2017. ) Is There a Formula for Residency Selection of Future Academic Neurosurgeons? .World neurosurgery, , 105 ,988 -989

Ottenhausen,M., Rumalla,K., LA Corte,E., Alalade,A., Nair,P., Forbes,J., Ben Nsir,A., Schwartz,T. H. (2017. ) Treatment strategies for craniopharyngiomas .Journal of neurosurgical sciences, ,

Douleh,D. G., Morone,P. J., Forbes,J. A., Thompson,R. C. (2016. ) Intracranial Marginal Zone B-Cell Lymphoma Mimicking Meningioma .World neurosurgery, , 91 ,676.e9 -676.e12

Mistry,A. M., Niesner,K. J., Lake,W. B., Forbes,J. A., Shannon,C. N., Kasl,R. A., Konrad,P. E., Neimat,J. S. (2016. ) Neurovascular Compression at the Root Entry Zone Correlates with Trigeminal Neuralgia and Early Microvascular Decompression Outcome .World neurosurgery, , 95 ,208 -213

He,L., Forbes,J. A., Carr,K., Highfield Nickols,H., Utz,A., Moots,P., Weaver,K. (2016. ) Response of silent corticotroph pituitary carcinoma to chemotherapy: case report .Journal of neurosurgical sciences, , 60 (2 ) ,272 -280

Forbes,J. A., Laughlin,I., Newberry,S., Ryhn,M., Pasley,J., Newberry,T. (2016. ) Stratification of risk to the surgical team in removal of small arms ammunition implanted in the craniofacial region: case report .Journal of neurosurgery, , 125 (3 ) ,661 -666

Forbes,J. A., Williams,J., Awad,A. J., Tiger,M., Anderson,B., Finnan,R. (2016. ) Use of Intramedullary K-Wire to Enhance Fibular Graft Placement in 4-Level Thoracolumbar Corpectomy for Pott Disease: Case Report and Review of Literature .World neurosurgery, , 89 ,404 -411

Zuckerman,S. L., Morgan,C. D., Burks,S., Forbes,J. A., Chambless,L. B., Solomon,G. S., Sills,A. K. (2015. ) Functional and Structural Traumatic Brain Injury in Equestrian Sports: A Review of the Literature .World neurosurgery, , 83 (6 ) ,1098 -1113

Forbes,J. A., Zuckerman,S., Abla,A. A., Mocco,J., Bode,K., Eads,T. (2014. ) Biomechanics of subdural hemorrhage in American football: review of the literature in response to rise in incidence .Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, , 30 (2 ) ,197 -203

Zuckerman,S. L., Forbes,J. A., Mistry,A. M., Krishnamoorthi,H., Weaver,S., Mathews,L., Cheng,J. S., McGirt,M. J. (2014. ) Electrophysiologic deterioration in surgery for thoracic disc herniation: impact of mean arterial pressures on surgical outcome .European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society, , 23 (11 ) ,2279 -2290

Tomycz,L., Forbes,J., Ladner,T., Kahn,E., Maris,A., Neimat,J., Konrad,P. (2014. ) Open thoracic cordotomy as a treatment option for severe, debilitating pain .Journal of neurological surgery.Part A, Central European neurosurgery, , 75 (2 ) ,126 -132

Forbes,J. A., Carlson,M. L., Godil,S. S., Bennett,M. L., Wanna,G. B., Weaver,K. D. (2014. ) Retrosigmoid craniotomy for resection of acoustic neuroma with hearing preservation: a video publication .Neurosurgical focus, , 36 (1 Suppl ) ,1 -2

Awad,A. J., Forbes,J. A., Jermakowicz,W., Eli,I. M., Blumenkopf,B., Konrad,P. (2013. ) Experience with 25 years of dorsal root entry zone lesioning at a single institution .Surgical neurology international, , 4 ,64 -7806.112182. Print 2013

Forbes,J. A., Pearson,M. M. (2013. ) Response. Pilomyxoid astrocytoma .Journal of neurosurgery.Pediatrics, , 11 (5 ) ,614

Forbes,J. A., Zuckerman,S. L., He,L., McCalley,E., Lee,Y. M., Solomon,G. S., Halstead,P. D., Sills,A. K. (2013. ) Subdural hemorrhage in two high-school football players: post-injury helmet testing .Pediatric neurosurgery, , 49 (1 ) ,43 -49

Forbes,J. A., Awad,A. J., Zuckerman,S., Carr,K., Cheng,J. S. (2012. ) Association between biomechanical parameters and concussion in helmeted collisions in American football: a review of the literature .Neurosurgical focus, , 33 (6 ) ,E10: 1 -6

Stoker,M. A., Forbes,J. A., Hanif,R., Cooper,C., Nian,H., Konrad,P. E., Neimat,J. S. (2012. ) Decreased Rate of CSF Leakage Associated with Complete Reconstruction of Suboccipital Cranial Defects .Journal of neurological surgery.Part B, Skull base, , 73 (4 ) ,281 -286

Forbes,J. A., Brock,A. A., Ghiassi,M., Thompson,R. C., Haynes,D. S., Tsai,B. S. (2012. ) Jugulotympanic paragangliomas: 75 years of evolution in understanding .Neurosurgical focus, , 33 (2 ) ,E13

Forbes,J. A., Rivas,A., Tsai,B., Ehtesham,M., Zuckerman,S., Wanna,G., Weaver,K. (2012. ) Microsurgical localization of the cochlea in the extended middle fossa approach .Journal of neurological surgery.Part B, Skull base, , 73 (6 ) ,410 -414

Chambless,L. B., Mawn,L. A., Forbes,J. A., Thompson,R. C. (2012. ) Porous polyethylene implant reconstruction of the orbit after resection of spheno-orbital meningiomas: a novel technique .Journal of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery : official publication of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery, , 40 (1 ) ,e28 -32

Zuckerman,S. L., Lee,Y. M., Odom,M. J., Solomon,G. S., Forbes,J. A., Sills,A. K. (2012. ) Recovery from sports-related concussion: Days to return to neurocognitive baseline in adolescents versus young adults .Surgical neurology international, , 3 ,130 -7806.102945. Epub 2012 Oct 27

Zuckerman,S. L., Solomon,G. S., Forbes,J. A., Haase,R. F., Sills,A. K., Lovell,M. R. (2012. ) Response to acute concussive injury in soccer players: is gender a modifying factor? .Journal of neurosurgery.Pediatrics, , 10 (6 ) ,504 -510

Zuckerman,S. L., Kuhn,A., Dewan,M. C., Morone,P. J., Forbes,J. A., Solomon,G. S., Sills,A. K. (2012. ) Structural brain injury in sports-related concussion .Neurosurgical focus, , 33 (6 ) ,E6: 1 -12

Kao,C., Forbes,J. A., Jermakowicz,W. J., Sun,D. A., Davis,B., Zhu,J., Lagrange,A. H., Konrad,P. E. (2012. ) Suppression of thalamocortical oscillations following traumatic brain injury in rats .Journal of neurosurgery, , 117 (2 ) ,316 -323

Forbes,J. A., Reig,A. S., Smith,J. G., Jermakowicz,W., Tomycz,L., Shay,S. D., Sun,D. A., Wushensky,C. A., Pearson,M. M. (2011. ) Findings on preoperative brain MRI predict histopathology in children with cerebellar neoplasms .Pediatric neurosurgery, , 47 (1 ) ,51 -59

Kao,C., Forbes,J. A., Stayman,A., Sun,D. A., Carron,R., Benabid,A. L., Konrad,P. (2011. ) High-frequency cortical stimulation augments recovery of thalamocortical oscillations from hypoxia in rat brain slices .Neuromodulation : journal of the International Neuromodulation Society, , 14 (2 ) ,104 -10; discussion 110

Forbes,J., Cooper,C., Jermakowicz,W., Neimat,J., Konrad,P. (2011. ) Microvascular decompression: salient surgical principles and technical nuances .Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE, , (53):e2590. doi (53 ) ,e2590

Forbes,J. A., Mobley,B. C., O'Lynnger,T. M., Cooper,C. M., Ghiassi,M., Hanif,R., Pearson,M. M. (2011. ) Pediatric cerebellar pilomyxoid-spectrum astrocytomas .Journal of neurosurgery.Pediatrics, , 8 (1 ) ,90 -96

Forbes,J. A., Wilkerson,J., Chambless,L., Shay,S. D., Elswick,C. M., Abblitt,P. W., Adogwa,O., Russell,P., Weaver,K. D., Allen,G. S., Utz,A. L. (2011. ) Safety and cost effectiveness of early discharge following microscopic trans-sphenoidal resection of pituitary lesions .Surgical neurology international, , 2 ,66 -7806.81723. Epub 2011 May 28

Abla,A. A., Wait,S. D., Forbes,J. A., Pati,S., Johnsonbaugh,R. E., Kerrigan,J. F., Ng,Y. T. (2011. ) Syndrome of alternating hypernatremia and hyponatremia after hypothalamic hamartoma surgery .Neurosurgical focus, , 30 (2 ) ,E6

Tomycz,L., Shekhawat,N., Forbes,J., Ghiassi,M., Ghiassi,M., Lockney,D., Velez,D., Mericle,R. (2011. ) The spectrum of management practices in nontraumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage: A survey of high-volume centers in the United States .Surgical neurology international, , 2 ,90 -7806.82372. Epub 2011 Jun 30

Forbes,J. A., Chambless,L. B., Smith,J. G., Wushensky,C. A., Lebow,R. L., Alvarez,J., Pearson,M. M. (2011. ) Use of T2 signal intensity of cerebellar neoplasms in pediatric patients to guide preoperative staging of the neuraxis .Journal of neurosurgery.Pediatrics, , 7 (2 ) ,165 -174

Forbes,J. A., Reig,A. S., Tomycz,L. D., Tulipan,N. (2010. ) Intracranial hypertension caused by a depressed skull fracture resulting in superior sagittal sinus thrombosis in a pediatric patient: treatment with ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion .Journal of neurosurgery.Pediatrics, , 6 (1 ) ,23 -28

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