Michael Haglund

Professor of Neurosurgery
Duke Surgery Distinguished 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 6.500 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. Through my Masters in Academic Medicine degree, I developed the Surgical Autonomy Program which is now used in over 30 Neurosurgery Programs across the country and is an innovative way to teach, assess, and provide feedback to residents in the intraoperative environment.

Over the last twelve years 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 2019.  We have primarily worked in building capacity, teaching, and collaborative research projects in Uganda and Tanzania. 

In 2019 I was invited to join the faculty at the Duke Singapore new Global Health Institute and we are planning our first neurosurgical camp with the Singapore Neuroscience Department in May of 2020.

Education and Training

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