Dr. Robert Wharen Jr, MD

Dr. Robert Wharen Jr, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 65
Dr. Robert Wharen Jr, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Jacksonville, FL and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from Pa State Univ Coll Of Med in 1979 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

4500 San Pablo Rd S

Jacksonville, FL 32224

Contact Information

(904) 953-2000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • MultiPlan

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very high
more than 98% of peers
Brain Surgery
very high
more than 95% of peers
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
very high
more than 93% of peers

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Dr. Wharen Jr's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Wharen Jr "Dr. Robert Wharen is a Professor of Neurosurgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic Florida. He completed his residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1985, which also included six months of chief resident training at Emory in Atlanta, Georgia. Following completion of residency, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh under Dr. Peter Janetta and Dr. Robert Selker from July, 1985 through October, 1986. Since the establishment of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida in October, 1986 until July of 2016, he served as Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. During this tenure, the neurosurgery department grew from two to ten neurosurgeons performing over 2000 major neurosurgical cases per year. He helped to establish a new neurosurgery residency program in 2012 at Mayo Clinic Florida, and served as the Program Director from 2012 to 2015 and the Assistant Program Director from 2015-17. In 2016, the residency program received a $10 Million endowment from John and Carolyn Sonnentag in gratitude for the neurosurgical treatment by Dr. Wharen. His areas of expertise are in functional neurosurgery, brain tumors and skull base surgery, and neurosurgical procedures for pain. He has been involved with clinical and/or basic research in Parkinson's Disease, essential tremor, dystonia, gliomas, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, pituitary tumors, dysesthetic pain, trigeminal neuralgia, lumbar stenosis, acoustic tumors, and arteriovenous malformations. Along with Dr. Ryan Uitti, a movement disorder neurologist, Mayo Clinic Florida has been a leading academic center in functional neurosurgery and deep brain stimulation. He holds two patents for inventions related to deep brain stimulation, and over the past 30 years has performed over 2000 functional neurosurgical procedures. Dr. Wharen has served as President of the Southern Neurosurgery Society, Vice-President of the Neurosurgery Society of America, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons representative to ASTM International (formerly the American Standards for Testing and Materials) where he was involved in the development of industry standards for shunts and aneurysm clips."
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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

54  Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
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28  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Pa State Univ Coll Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Mayo Clinic-Rochester
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Mayo Clinic-Rochester
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Wharen Jr's Reviews

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Dr. Wharen Jr's Performance

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  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


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  • Office environment

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  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
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