Krystal Tomei, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurological Surgery
School of Medicine

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Pediatric Neurosurgery

External Appointments

Division Chief, Neurological Surgery
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Shammassian B, Wright CH, Wright J, Onwuzulike K, Tomei KL. Successful delayed non-operative management of C2 neurosynchondrosis fracture in a pediatric patient: a case report and review of management strategies and considerations for treatment. Childs Nerv Syst. 2016 Jan;32(1):163-8. doi: 10.1007/s00381-015-2821-4. Epub 2015 Aug 1.

Nahabet EH, Gatherweight J, Vockley J, Henderson N, Tomei KL, Grigorial AP, Kaminski B, Bass N, Selman WR, Lakin GE. Postnatal pancraniosynostosis in a patient with infantile hypophosphatasia. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2016 Nov;53(6):741-744. Epub 2015 Jul 14.

Patel DM, Agarwal N, Tomei KL, Hansberry DR, Goldstein IM. Optimal timing of whole brain radiation therapy following craniotomy for cerebral malignancies. World Neurosurg. 2015 Aug;84(2):412-9. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.03.052. Epub 2015 Apr 1.

Awad A, Hardesty DA, Tomei K, Bhardwaj RD. Paraplegia induced by mild trauma in a child with a thoracic spinal arachnoid cyst. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2014 July: 2(7): 355-359.

Tomei KL, Nahass MM, Husain Q, Agarwal N, Patel SK, Svider PF, Eloy JA, Liu JK. A Gender Based Comparison of Academic Rank and Scholarly Productivity in Academic Neurological Surgery. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Jul;21(7):1102-5

Fargen K, Dow J, Tomei KL, Friedman W. Follow-up on a national survey: American neurosurgery resident opinions on the 2011 ACGME implemented duty hours. World Neurosurgery. 2014 Jan;81(1):15-21.

Agarwal N, Norrmén-Smith IO, Tomei KL, Prestigiacomo CJ, Gandhi CD. Improving Medical Student Recruitment Into Neurological Surgery: A Single Institution’s Experience. World Neurosurgery. 2013 Dec;80(6):745-50.

Agarwal N, Chaudhari A, Hansberry D, Tomei KL, Prestigiacomo CJ. A comparative analysis of neurosurgical online education materials to assess patient comprehension. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 2013 Oct;20(10):1357-61.

Hansberry D, Agarwal N, Tomei KL, Goldstein I. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome in a patient with an Arnold-Chiari malformation. Surg Neurol Int. 2013 Sep 30;4:130.

Tomei KL, Gupta V, Gandhi C. Spontaneous hemorrhage of a facial neurofibroma: endovascular embolization before surgical intervention. J Craniofac Surg. 2013;24(5):e514-7. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3182a23535.

Agarwal, N, Hansberry DR, Sabourin V, Tomei KL, Prestigiacomo CJ. A comparative analysis of the quality of patient education materials from medical specialties. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2013 Jul 8;173(13):1257-9.

Fargen KM, Tomei KL. Duty hour reform through the eyes of neurosurgical residents. J Grad Med Educ. 2012 Dec;4(4):415-6. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-12-00113.1.

Tomei KL, Doe C, Prestigiacomo CJ, Gandhi CD. Comparative analysis of state-level concussion legislation and review of current practices in concussion. Neurosurgical Focus. 2012 December;33(6):E11.

Sarris C, Tomei KL, Carmel PW, Gandhi CD. Lipomyelomeningocele: pathology, treatment and outcomes: A review. Neurosurgical Focus. 2012 October; 33(4):E4 (Featured Article with Podcast Presentation)

Amarante MA, Shrensel J, Tomei KL, Carmel PW, Gandhi CD. Management of urologic dysfunction in pediatric patients with spinal dysraphism: a review of the literature. Neurosurgical Focus. 2012 October; 33(4):E3

Patel S, Tomei K, Christiano L, Liu J. Complete regression of papillary tumor of the pineal region after radiation therapy: case report and review of the literature. Journal of Neurooncology. 2012 April; 107(2): 427-434.

Tomei K, Christiano L, Cho E-S, Gandhi C. Non-enhancing adult medulloblastoma – atypical radiographic appearance. Chirurgia 2011 June; 24(3):187-90.

Book Chapters/Editorials

Tomei K, Maniker A. (2011) "Mecanismos de Lesao do plexo braquialao nascimento." In Di Livros Editora Ltda, Lesoes do Plexo Braquial. Chapter 31, 1st Edition. Dilivros Publishing.

Liu P, Tomei K, Bellote B. "Hydrocephalus: Chiari Malformations." In Mongan P, Sloan T, Soriano S (edit) A Practical Approach to Neuroanesthesia. Chapter 17, 1st Edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Tomei KL. Informed Consent: A duty to our patients. AANS Neurosurgeon. 2015, 24(1). Online article

Tomei KL, Bambakidis NC, Eccher M. Intraoperative Spinal Neuromonitoring – Indications and patterns of usage among neurosurgeons. UH Neurological Institute Journal. Summer 2014, 7(1); 16-20.

Fargen KM, Drolet BC, Tomei KL. Neurosurgery Training at the Crossroads: Duty Hour Regulations, Professionalism and Dishonest Behavior. JSM Neurosurgery & Spine. December 2013.

Tomei, KL. “The New ACGME Work-Hour Regulations: Win Some, Lose Some” Congress Quarterly. Winter 2012:20-21.

Tomei, KL. “The 80 Hour Work Week From a Resident’s Perspective” Congress Quarterly. Spring 2009: 14-15.

Tomei, KL. “My Voice” AMA Voice. August 2006: 2.

Tomei, KL. “Finding My Passion All Over Again” Florida Medical Association Quarterly Journal. April 2004: 10.



Griswold M, Sloan A, Gulani V, Badve C, Sunshine J, Bangert B, Russell G, Tomei KL, Stearns D, Rukin Gold D, de Blank P. "Feasibility and Clinical Application of Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting." American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons 2016 Annual Meeting.

Fargen K, Dow J, Tomei KL, Friedman W. "Follow-up on a national survey: American neurosurgery resident opinions on the 2011 ACGME implemented duty hours." Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2013 Annual Meeting.

Tomei KL, Bambakidis N. "Intraoperative Spinal Neuromonitoring – A Socioeconomic Review." American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2012 Annual Meeting, AANS/CNS Socioeconomic Section Session, 4/12.

Gandhi CD, Tomei KL, Agarwal N, Prestigiacomo CJ. "Improving Medical Student Recruitment Into Neurosurgery: A Single Instititution’s Experience." 2012 Annual Meeting of the Neurosurgical Society of America, 6/12.

Griswold M, Sloan A, Gulani V, Badve C, Sunshine J, Bangert B, Russel G, Stearns D, Rukin Gold D, Tomei K, DeBlank P. "Feasibility and Clinical Application of Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting." American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons 2016 Annual Meeting, 1/16.

Tomei KL, Bristol RE, Shafron DA, Bhardwaj R, Adelson DA. "Acute spinal cord injury with associated Chiari I Malformation." AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurological Surgery 2013 Annual Meeting, 12/3/13.

Arango J, Tomei KL, Bloom C, Shafron DA, Bristol RE, Bhardwaj R, Adelson DA. "Development of a Prospective Clinical Quality Initiative in Pediatric Neurosurgery." Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2013 Annual Meeting, 10/21/13.

Tomei KL, Quaiser R, Grande A. "International Educational Opportunities in Neurosurgery: A Platform for Increasing Collaboration.” American Association of Neurological Surgeons 2013 Annual Meeting, 4/27/13.


Master of Public Health
Health Policy Focus
Harvard School of Public Health
Doctor of Medicine
University of Florida College of Medicine

Residencies, Internships and Fellowships

Fellowship, Pediatric Neurosurgery
The Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix's Children's Hospitals
Resident, Neurological Surgery
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School