Michael McDermott


Co-director, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Program

Dr. Michael W. McDermott is co-director of the Gamma Knife and CyberKnife Radiosurgery Program at UCSF Medical Center. He cares for patients with a wide range of conditions, including brain tumors, neurological cancers, central nervous system infections and hydrocephalus. His specialty is stereotactic neurosurgery, such as Gamma Knife radiosurgery, in particular for tumors of the central nervous system, meningiomas and skull base conditions.

McDermott earned his 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 neuro-oncology from the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center.

  • Education

    University of Toronto School of Medicine, 1982

  • Residencies

    University of British Columbia Hospital, Neurological Surgery, 1988

  • Fellowships

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

  • Board Certifications

    Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

  • Academic Title


Brain Tumor Center

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

Neurosurgery Clinic

400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143

My reviews


Overall Experience
195 Reviews
Again I am in awe of Dr. McDermott. He spoke to me with such care and such confidence that I knew I was in the best hands that I could be in. Very grateful for finding Dr. McDermott!
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
194 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
194 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
188 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
195 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
195 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
195 Reviews