Michael McDermott, FRCSC, MD

Co-director of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Dr. Michael W. McDermott is co-director of the Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program at UCSF Medical Center and a professor of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. His specialty is stereotactic neurosurgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery, in particular for tumors of the central nervous system, meningiomas and skull base surgery.

McDermott cares for patients with a wide range of conditions including brain tumors, neurological cancers, central nervous system infections and hydrocephalus. He earned a medical degree cum laude from the University of Toronto. After completing a residency in neurosurgery at the University of British Columbia, he was awarded a research fellowship in the Neuro-Oncology Program of the Brain Tumor Research Center at UCSF Medical Center.


Brain Tumor Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2966
Fax: (415) 353-2167

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

California Center for Pituitary Disorders
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (866) 559-5543
or (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Neurosurgery Clinic
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

Academic Title


More about Michael McDermott


University of Toronto School of Medicine 1982


University of British Columbia Hospital, Neurological Surgery 1988


UCSF Medical Center, Neuro-oncology (Adult Tumors) 1990

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Chen WC, Hara J, Magill ST, Wu A, Aghi MK, Theodosopoulos PV, Perry A, McDermott MW, Sneed PK, Raleigh DR, Braunstein SE. Salvage therapy outcomes for atypical meningioma. J Neurooncol. 2018 Feb 26.
  2. Wu A, Garcia MA, Magill ST, Chen W, Vasudevan HN, Perry A, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW, Braunstein SE, Raleigh DR. Presenting symptoms and prognostic factors for symptomatic outcomes following resection of meningioma. World Neurosurg. 2017 Dec 14.
  3. Idowu OO, Kalin-Hajdu E, Grumbine FL, Kersten RC, McDermott M, Vagefi MR. Restrictive Strabismus Following Frontotemporal-orbitozygomatic Craniotomy. Cureus. 2017 Dec 11; 9(12):e1937.
  4. Jahangiri A, Chin AT, Wagner JR, Kunwar S, Ames C, Chou D, Barani I, Parsa AT, McDermott MW, Benet A, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. In Reply: Factors Predicting Recurrence After Resection of Clival Chordoma Using Variable Surgical Approaches and Radiation Modalities. Neurosurgery. 2017 Aug 01; 81(2):E32.
  5. Chen WC, Magill ST, Englot DJ, Baal JD, Wagle S, Rick JW, McDermott MW. Factors Associated With Pre- and Postoperative Seizures in 1033 Patients Undergoing Supratentorial Meningioma Resection. Neurosurgery. 2017 Aug 01; 81(2):297-306.
  6. Paulsson AK, Braunstein S, Phillips J, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott M, Sneed PK, Ma L. Patient-Specific Fetal Dose Determination for Multi-Target Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: Computational Model and Case Report. Cureus. 2017 Jul 31; 9(7):e1527.
  7. Sizdahkhani S, Magill ST, McDermott MW. Intraventricular Meningioma Resection with Postoperative Ischemia of the Lateral Geniculate Nucleus. World Neurosurg. 2017 Jul 19.
  8. Vasudevan HN, Raleigh DR, Johnson J, Garsa AA, Theodosopoulos PV, Aghi MK, Ames C, McDermott MW, Barani IJ, Braunstein SE. Management of Chordoma and Chondrosarcoma with Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy. Front Surg. 2017; 4:35.
  9. Cage T, Bach A, McDermott MW. Use of Subdural Evacuating Port System Following Open Craniotomy with Excision of Native Dura and Membranes for Management of Chronic Subdural Hematoma. Cureus. 2017 Apr 26; 9(4):e1197.
  10. Chan AK, Birk HS, Yue JK, Winkler EA, McDermott MW. Bilateral External Ventricular Drain Placement and Intraventricular Irrigation Combined with Concomitant Serial Prone Patient Positioning: A Novel Treatment for Gravity-Dependent Layering in Bacterial Ventriculitis. Cureus. 2017 Apr 18; 9(4):e1175.
  11. Magill ST, Lau D, Raleigh DR, Sneed PK, Fogh SE, McDermott MW. Surgical Resection and Interstitial Iodine-125 Brachytherapy for High-Grade Meningiomas: A 25-Year Series. Neurosurgery. 2017 Mar 01; 80(3):409-416.
  12. Castro BA, Imber BS, Chen R, McDermott MW, Aghi MK. Ventriculoperitoneal Shunting for Glioblastoma: Risk Factors, Indications, and Efficacy. Neurosurgery. 2017 Mar 01; 80(3):421-430.
  13. Cuevas-Ocampo AK, Bollen AW, Goode B, Pajtler KW, Chavez L, Sharma T, Dai SC, McDermott M, Perry A, Korshunov A, Solomon DA. Genetic confirmation that ependymoma can arise as part of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) syndrome. Acta Neuropathol. 2017 Apr; 133(4):661-663.
  14. Zygourakis CC, Keefe M, Lee J, Barba J, McDermott MW, Mummaneni PV, Lawton MT. Comparison of Patient Outcomes in 3725 Overlapping vs 3633 Nonoverlapping Neurosurgical Procedures Using a Single Institution's Clinical and Administrative Database. Neurosurgery. 2017 02 01; 80(2):257-268.
  15. Imber BS, Kanungo I, Braunstein S, Barani IJ, Fogh SE, Nakamura JL, Berger MS, Chang EF, Molinaro AM, Cabrera JR, McDermott MW, Sneed PK, Aghi MK. Indications and Efficacy of Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Recurrent Glioblastoma: 2 Decades of Institutional Experience. Neurosurgery. 2017 Jan 01; 80(1):129-139.
  16. Winkler EA, Birk H, Safaee M, Yue JK, Burke JF, Viner JA, Pekmezci M, Perry A, Aghi MK, Berger MS, McDermott MW. Erratum to: Surgical resection of fourth ventricular ependymomas: case series and technical nuances. J Neurooncol. 2017 Jan; 131(2):423.
  17. Cohen-Gadol A, McDermott MW. Introduction: special issue on operative neurosurgical oncology. J Neurooncol. 2016 Nov; 130(2):241.
  18. Lum MA, Martin AJ, Alexander MD, McCoy DB, Cooke DL, Lillaney P, Moftakhar P, Amans MR, Settecase F, Nicholson A, Dowd CF, Halbach VV, Higashida RT, McDermott MW, Saloner D, Hetts SW. Intra-Arterial MR Perfusion Imaging of Meningiomas: Comparison to Digital Subtraction Angiography and Intravenous MR Perfusion Imaging. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0163554.
  19. Magill ST, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW. Resection of falx and parasagittal meningioma: complication avoidance. J Neurooncol. 2016 Nov; 130(2):253-262.
  20. Chiu J, Pierce M, Braunstein SE, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW, Sneed PK, Ma L. Sharpening peripheral dose gradient via beam number enhancement from patient head tilt for stereotactic brain radiosurgery. Phys Med Biol. 2016 Oct 03; 61(20):N532-N541.

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