Michael Haglund

Professor of Neurosurgery
Duke Surgery Professor of Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine
Research Professor of Global Health
Professor of Neurobiology
Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
Campus mail: 4508 Hosp South - Blue Zone, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-6936
Email address: haglu001@mc.duke.edu

My clinical areas of expertise include spinal surgery, especially cervical spine surgery where I have performed over 5,400 cervical spine procedures and recently was ranked the top cervical spine surgeon in the country by MPIRICA (an analytical company that reviews surgical outcomes).  I believe the whole patient is important and we emphasize time with the patient and careful discussions regarding possible surgery. Our excellent results are due to a great team of physicians, nurses, CRNAs, and anesthesiologists.  I also believe in the spiritual side in taking care of my patients.  My other clinical area of expertise includes the surgical treatment of epilepsy with bringing the latest technologies including outpatient brain surgery using laser treatment, complicated high level mapping of the brain in areas that are near epileptic regions, and using the latest robotic techniques to place electrodes in order to localize the site of the epileptic focus. 

Over the last decade we have developed the first ever Division of Global Neurosurgery and Neurology, where I serve as the Division Chief and the Division boasts 71 members including faculty, graduate and medical students, undergraduate students and an outstanding staff of researchers, most located in the Duke Global Health Institute.  The Division has published over 50 manuscripts between 2016 and 2017.  We have primarily worked in building capacity, teaching, and collaborative research projects in Uganda and Tanzania. 

Education and Training

  • University of Washington, M.D. 1987
  • University of Washington, Ph.D. 1988
  • University of Southern California, M.Med.Sc. 2016