UCSF neurosurgeon Michael McDermott, MD

Michael McDermott, MD


Neurosurgical Director, UCSF Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program

Specialties: Adult brain tumors, including meningiomas and tumors of the skull base

Dr. McDermott’s speciality is stereotactic neurosurgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery, in particular for brain tumors like meningiomas and skull base tumors. He has over 30 years’ experience caring for patients across a wide range of conditions including brain tumors, neurological cancers, central nervous system infections, and hydrocephalus.

Dr. McDermott is also leading ongoing research projects, with a particular focus on meningioma research.


Education and Training

1978: BS, University of Toronto
1982: MD, University of Toronto Medical School
1982-1983: Mixed Internship, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
1983-1988: Neurosurgery Residency, University of British Columbia
1989-1990: Research Fellow in Neuro-Oncology, UCSF

Academic Positions

1988-1989: Clinical Instructor, Neuro-Oncology Service, Brain Tumor Center, UCSF
1990-1992: Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia
1992-1998: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF
1998-2004: Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF
2004-Present: Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF
2000-Present: Vice Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF