L. Madison Michael II, MD

L. Madison Michael II, MD photo

Dr. Madison Michael was raised in the small Mississippi Delta town of Rosedale. He graduated from Cleveland High School where he lettered in football and tennis. He then attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Geology. Dr. Michael was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was selected for membership in the Order of the Gownsmen academic society and several leadership societies, including the Red Ribbon Society and the Order of the Silver Spoon. He also played on the nationally-ranked tennis team, achieving the title of Most Valuable Player in 1991. After college, following his passion for the outdoors, Dr. Michael supported himself teaching mountaineering and climbing in the western United States and abroad. In 1994, he enrolled in the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and graduated with high honors four years later. He was an active member of the Medical Student Executive Committee and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor society and the Imhotep Leadership Society. Upon completion of internship in general surgery, he began his neurosurgical residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Along with his clinical duties, he was involved in multiple research activities and published articles in respected medical journals. He served as Chief Resident of the program during his final year. Under the influence of Dr. Jon Robertson, he developed a significant interest in skull base neurosurgery. Following graduation, he completed a twelve month international fellowship in both skull base neurosurgery and complex spine surgery in Bristol, England, under the guidance of Professor Hugh Coakham and Mr. Richard Nelson. He is currently an Associate Professor and Program Director for the neurosurgical residency program at the University of Tennessee. He is also medical director and director of cranial base surgery for the Methodist Brain and Spine Institute.

He has been married to Christie Farris Michael since September, 1997. They met in medical school and share a love of running and the outdoors. She is currently employed by the University of Tennessee as an Allergist/Immunologist. They have three children, Matt, Zachary, and Madoc, who seem never to run out of energy.

Special Areas of Interest

  • Skull Base Neurosurgery
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Acoustic Neuromas
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Microvascular Decompression for Trigeminal Neuralgia and Hemifacial Spasm
  • Complex Spine Surgery

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery, Active Provisional Member
  • Congress of Neurological Surgery, Candidate Member
  • North American Skull Base Society
  • Southern Neurosurgical Society
  • Tennessee Neurosurgical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Tennessee Medical Society

Research Interests

  • Skull Base Neuroanatomy
  • Acoustic Tumors
  • Glomus Jugulare Tumors
  • Sinonasal Carcinoma
  • Pituitary Tumors

Extracurricular Activities

  • Running
  • Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Biking