Jonathan A. Forbes, MD, a Neurosurgeon with the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute

Get to know Neurosurgeon Dr. Jonathan A. Forbes, who serves patients in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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 treats additional complex neurosurgical pathology of the brain and/or spine at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute in Ohio.

There, more than 125 physicians provide treatment to patients and families facing complex neurologic and psychiatric disorders, lead research, and teach the next generation of neuroscience innovators. The experts hold leadership roles in national organizations, developing nationwide standards of care and championing neuroscience research.

In the academic sense, Dr. Forbes serves as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Neurosurgery at Cincinnati College of Medicine, which is one of the leading neurosurgery residency training programs in the country.

As an undergraduate at Grove City College, Dr. Forbes 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 School of Medicine, 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. 

With a commitment to excellence, the doctor attained board certification through the American Board of Neurological Surgery, whose broad aim is to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the science of neurological surgery and thereby serve the cause of public health. His score on the 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 four-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. He has extensive experience with research and endonasal treatment of pituitary tumors and other types of parasellar pathology.

“I consider it an incredible privilege to take care of patients with pituitary tumors. I understand the prospect of a neurosurgical intervention can be a very unnerving thing. I have dedicated my life to making sure the surgical intervention we provide is gentle, safe, and effective” as stated by Dr. Forbes. 

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, surgical treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system. Neurosurgeons are doctors who diagnose and treat problems with the nervous system, often by performing surgery on the brain or spine. They treat strokes, tumors, cervical and lumbar disc disease, infections, and head or spinal cord injuries.

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