Dr. Ryan Kitagawa is an assistant professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth with a primary clinical and research focus in the care of adult patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

He strives to provide top quality care to all TBI patients and their families in this difficult time in their lives.

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Ryan S. Kitagawa, MD


Graduate School
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas (Neurosurgery)
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida (Neurosurgery: Neurotrauma and Critical Care)


  1. Dragojlovic N, Stampas A, Kitagawa RS, Schmitt KM, Donovan W. Communicating Hydrocephalus Due to Traumatic Lumbar Spine Injury: Case Report and Literature Review. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Jun 17.
  2. Fridley JS, Thomas J, Kitagawa RS, Chern J, Omeis IA.  Immediate Development of a Contralateral Acute Subdural Hematoma following Acute Subdural Hematoma Evacuation. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2011 Mar;18(3):422-3
  3. Gressot LV, Patel AJ, Kitagawa RS, Goodman JC, Gopinath SP. Frontal sinus encephalocele: case report and review of literature. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013 Oct;115(10):2174-7.
  4. Kerr K, Wilkerson C, Shepard S, Choi H, Kitagawa R. Use of anti-platelet agents after traumatic intracranial hemorrhage. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2016 Jan;140:85-90.
  5. Kitagawa RS, Bullock MR. Lessons from the DECRA study. World Neurosurg. 2013 Jan;79(1):82-4.
  6. Kitagawa RS, Mawad ME, Whitehead WE, Curry DJ, Luersen TG, Jea A. Paraspinal arteriovenous malformations in children. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2009 May;3(5):425-8
  7. Kitagawa RS, Satyan KB, Relyea K, Dauser RC, Nuchtern JG, Minifee PK, Whitehead WE, Curry DJ, Luerssen TG, Jea A.  Video-assisted thorascopic repair of a subarachnoid-pleural fistula in a child after thoracic tumor resection: technical note. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Apr 20;35(9):E347-50
  8. Kitagawa RS, Van Haren RM, Yokobori S, Cohen D, Beckerman SR, Ahmad F, Bullock MR. Management of simultaneous traumatic brain injury and aortic injury. J Neurosurg.2013 Jun 14.
  9. Kitagawa R, Yokobori S, Mazzeo AT, Bullock R.  Microdialysis in the neurocritical care unit.  Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2013 Jul;24(3):417-26
  10. Kochanek P, Kitagawa RS, Batchelor P, Thoresen M.  Central Nervous System Injury and Temperature Management. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag. 2016 Aug;6(3):112-5
  11. McCutcheon IE, Kitagawa RS, Demasi PF, Law BK, Friend KE.  Frameless stereotactic navigation in transsphenoidal surgery: comparison with fluoroscopy.  Stereotact Funct Neurosurg. 2004;82(1):43-8