Timothy O’Connor, M.D., is a neurological surgeon and the director
of minimally invasive surgery and robotic spine surgery at Marcus Neuroscience
Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health. Dr.
O’Connor specializes in minimally invasive, robotic and complex
Prior to joining Marcus Neuroscience Institute in 2021, Dr. O’Connor
completed a neurological surgery residency at the University at Buffalo,
where he was chief resident.
He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate education,
where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in neurobiological sciences.
He received his medical degree from the University of Florida, where he
graduated with honors in research and honors in academic excellence.
During medical school, he was invited to join the University of Florida
College of Medicine admissions committee and was elected to the Alpha
Omega Alpha honor society. He received the resident of the year award
and the highest neurosurgery board score award at the University at Buffalo
Neurosurgery during his residency.
While completing his complex spine fellowship, he was awarded the AO Discovery
and Innovation Young Investigator grant by the AO Spine Foundation for
his biomechanical research in junctional tethers. He was also invited
to join the AO Knowledge Forum, a leading group of surgeons around the
world who collaborate on solving some of the greatest challenges in modern
Dr. O’Connor has written peer-reviewed technical manuscripts on robotic
spine systems and minimally invasive approaches. He has been invited to
present at multiple national and international conferences, including
the Global Spine Congress, the International Spinal Deformity Symposium
and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. O’Connor’s approach to patient care is to focus on each
individual and provide care that reflects the patient’s own personal
goals and values. He emphasizes communication with patients, families,
referring physicians and the entire treatment team. He believes that after
conservative treatment options are no longer effective, surgery combined
with technology and a minimally invasive approach can help achieve the
best possible outcome for each patient.
When he is not treating patients, Dr. O’Connor enjoys flying as a
private pilot, hiking, scuba diving and fishing around South Florida.