Board certified in both neurophysiology and neurology, Dr. Minahan currently serves as co-director of Intraoperative Monitoring at MedStar Georgetown where he is also a clinical professor in the Department of Neurology. His special areas of interest include intraoperative neuromonitoring, electromyography, and neuromuscular disease.
With nearly twenty years of clinical experience, Dr. Minahan specializes in neuromonitoring, a real-time focus on patients undergoing surgery for a range conditions including spinal and lumbar disease, brain tumors, cerebral aneurysms, and carotid stenosis. Dr. Minahan works in the operating room watching for potential nervous system injury during surgery and offers ongoing communication to the surgeon and anesthesiologist to prevent permanent damage to the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.
Well-known in his subspecialty, Dr. Minahan is an active member of multiple professional societies, serving in several leadership positions. He is widely published in peer-reviewed clinical journals and has authored numerous book chapters. Dr. Minahan was trained as a resident and fellow at Johns Hopkins University following internships at Duke University Medical Center after earning his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine.
Note: Dr. Minahan only sees inpatients.
Felbaum D, Zhao DY, Nayar VV, Kalhorn CG, McGrail KM, Mandie AS, Minahan RE "Real-Time Evaluation of the Anterior Choroidal Artery Patency During Aneurysm Clipping" Cureus 8(2): e495.
Nuwer MR, Emerson RG, Galloway G, Legatt AD, Lopez J, Minahan R, Yamada T. Goodin DS, Armon C, Chaudhry V, Gronseth GS, Harden CL. "Evidence-based guideline update: Intraoperative Spinal Monitoring with Somatosenory and Transcranial Electrical Motor Evoked Potentials" J Clin Neurophysiol.2012 Feb; 29(1):101-8.
Nuwer MR, Emerson RG, Galloway G, Legatt AD, Lopez J, Minahan R, Yamada T. Goodin DS, Armon C, Chaudhry V, Gronseth GS, Harden CL; Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology; American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. "Evidence-based guideline update: Intraoperative Spinal Monitoring with Somatosenory and Transcranial Electrical Motor Evoked Potentials: Report of the Therapeutic and Technology Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society." Neurology. 2012 Feb 21 78 (8); 585-9.
Robert E. Minahan, MD and Allen Mandir MD PhD; "Neurophysiologic IntraoperativeÂ Monitoring of Trigeminal and Facial Nerves" J Clin Neurophysiol. 2011 Dec; 28 (6): 551-65.
Robert E. Minahan, MD and Allen Mandir MD PhD; Letter to the Editor re "False-negative transcranial motor-evoked potentials during scoliosis surgery causing paralysis" by Modi et al. Spine; 2010; 35 (6): 720-721.