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Krystal Tomei, MD, MPH
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Krystal Tomei, MD, MPH

  • Specialty: Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery
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  • Languages Spoken: English

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UH Ahuja Medical Center (7 mi.)

3999 Richmond Rd
Beachwood, OH 44122

Biography: Krystal Tomei, MD, MPH


  • Chiari Malformations
  • Concussions
  • Congenital Spinal Disorders
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Endoscopy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Pediatric Brain Tumors
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Spine Tumors
  • Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity
  • Spasticity
  • Spina Bifida
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tethered Spinal Cord
  • Traumatic Brain Injury in Children


  • Division Chief, Neurological Surgery, UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • Associate Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Certifications & Memberships

  • Neurological Surgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery


Fellowship | Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Pediatric Neurological Surgery - Phoenix Children's Hospital (2013 - 2014)

Residency | Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery - University Hospital (2006 - 2013)

Other Education
Harvard School Of Public Health (2011)

Medical Education
University Of Florida College Of Medicine (2006)

University Of Florida (2002)


Krystal Tomei, MD, MPH, is a pediatric neurosurgeon at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and an associate professor of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She also serves as the program director for the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University Neurological Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Tomei was named to the UH Cleveland Medical Center staff in 2014.

Dr. Tomei is board-certified in neurological surgery and pediatric neurosurgery. Her special interests include craniosynostosis, Chiari malformations, congenital spinal disorders, tethered cord and spina bifida. She has been voted a Cleveland Top Doctor since 2019.

Dr. Tomei earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with honors from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her doctorate in medicine from the University of Florida College of Medicine and a Master’s of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Tomei completed her residency in neurosurgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey and a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Tomei is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is actively involved in the American Medical Association as a member of the AMA Council on Medical Education. She has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications, editorials and textbook chapters.

Honors and Recognition
  • University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Anton Fellowship Recipient, 2017
  • AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award, 2017
  • University of Florida College of Medicine Outstanding Young Alumni Award, 2017
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012


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Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Krystal Tomei did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.