Dr. Robert J Kowalski, Jr., M.D., M.S. P. E.
Board Certiﬁed Neurosurgeon and Fellowship Trained in Complex Spine
Dr. Kowalski was born in Meadowbrook, PA and graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He completed a Master’s Degree in Washington, DC and after ﬁve years of service in the Navy’s Civil engineering Corps, he was awarded a Scholarship to attend the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Graduating with honors, he completed residency in neurological surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Dr. Kowalski utilized his engineering background and distinguished himself by conducting extensive research on spinal biomechanics. He received a prestigious grant from the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation and following his residency, he also completed a fellowship in complex spinal surgery working with Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kowalski served in the US Air Force for four years serving as the sole neurosurgeon in Afghanistan.
Dr Kowalski’s practice encompasses all aspects of cranial and spinal surgery with particular emphasis on motion preservation technologies, minimally invasive surgery techniques and spinal instrumentation
Since 2009 and still today, Dr. Kowalski is servicing Tampa Bay residents at Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, Florida. In addition to this, he has recently joined Tampa Bay Spine & Injury to help injured patients in the Brandon and Sarasota/Bradenton areas.