- Undergraduate - Harvard University
- Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical Center
Bruce Mickey, M.D.
- Neurological Surgery
- Skull Base Tumors
- Brain Metastases
Bruce Mickey, M.D., is Vice Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where he holds the William Kemp Clark Chair in Neurological Surgery. He is also Director of UT Southwestern’s Annette Strauss Center for Neuro-Oncology.
After graduating from Harvard College, Dr. Mickey earned his medical degree from UT Southwestern, where he also completed his neurosurgical residency. He completed a research fellowship at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. He joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 1984.
Dr. Mickey’s specialties include the surgical management of benign and malignant intracranial tumors, surgery for epilepsy, and radiosurgery with both the Gamma Knife and the CyberKnife.
He has been a D Magazine Best Doctor every year since 2009 and a Texas Monthly Super Doctor every year since 2006. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Meet Dr. Mickey
Dallas Neurosurgeon Specializing in Brain Tumors
Every brain tumor is unique. Over the past 30 years, neurosurgeon Bruce Mickey, M.D., has spent thousands of hours refining his skills and identifying and understanding the nuances of tumors so that he can remove them as safely and effectively as possible.
Dr. Mickey’s expertise has earned him the William Kemp Clark Chair in Neurological Surgery. He also serves as the Director of the Annette Strauss Center for Neuro-Oncology, and he’s been named a D Magazine Best Doctor every year since 2009 and a Texas Monthly Super Doctor since 2006. Even though such accolades are well-earned, Dr. Mickey notes that having surgical talent is only one part of the bigger picture of caring for people with brain tumors.
“It’s always a group effort,” he says. “The key to providing the best treatment for a brain tumor comes down to teamwork, and I’m part of a large, multidisciplinary team of people with expertise in every aspect of treating these tumors – not only with surgery, but also with radiation and chemotherapy.”
Dr. Mickey and his colleagues at UT Southwestern – including neurosurgeons Toral Patel, M.D., and Samuel Barnett, M.D. – focus their clinical efforts on getting the best possible surgical outcome in the removal of brain tumors of all types.
They believe that this focus on brain tumors improves their surgical outcomes. “As surgeons devoted to the treatment of brain and pituitary tumors, we gain experience and expertise that we wouldn’t have if we were each treating only 10 tumors a year instead of 100,” he says.
For tumors that can’t be completely removed, his team works closely with colleagues in radiation oncology to develop an alternate treatment approach.
Advancing the Treatment of Brain Tumors
In the last three decades, Dr. Mickey has seen continuing advances in imaging, surgical, and radiation technology, which have allowed for safer and more complete treatment of a variety of benign and malignant tumors.
“It is gratifying for me to see patients living longer and having better neurological function,” Dr. Mickey says.
Despite these advances, malignant tumors continue to lead to death and disability for many people, which is why Dr. Mickey and his team actively assist researchers at UT Southwestern who are seeking better ways to treat tumors that resist current treatment strategies.
“In recent years, researchers at the Annette Strauss Center for Neuro-Oncology have made significant contributions to understanding the metabolism of malignant tumors,” he notes. “We are poised to use this understanding to create new treatment strategies. It will be an ongoing process, but we are working together to move forward.”
Dr. Mickey believes collaboration is the only way to truly excel at treating brain tumors.
“Any success I’ve had in my career is largely due to my colleagues in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, neuro-anesthesia, neuroradiology, and radiation oncology, as well as to the nurses and support staff. All of these people are essential,” he says. “The thing I’m the most proud of here is the collaborative nature of our efforts – that I am one part of this large and expert team of people.”
Dr. Mickey also helped establish the surgical epilepsy program at UT Southwestern, which offers treatment for patients with epilepsy whose seizures can’t be controlled with medication.
“These patients may benefit from evaluation in an epilepsy monitoring unit to locate the origin of an epileptic seizure in the brain so that it may be surgically removed,” he says.
In 2014 Dr. Mickey and his colleagues in the epilepsy surgery program recruited neurosurgeon Bradley Lega, M.D., to their team. Dr. Lega brings to the program his expertise in stereo EEG, a procedure in which a surgical robot assists in the precise placement of electrodes within the brain so that a seizure focus may be accurately localized. Dr. Lega also has experience with the use of laser energy to inactivate an epilepsy focus if it cannot be surgically removed.
- Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
- North American Skull Base Society
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- American Medical Association
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- D Magazine Best Doctor 2009-2020
- Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 6th Edition America’s Top Doctors
- Texas Super Doctors 2007
- Best Doctors in America 2006
Primary Tumors of the Brain and Spinal Cord
Schold SC, Burger PC, Mendelsohn DB, Glastein EJ, Mickey BE, Minna JD. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann 1997
Molecular advances to treat cancer of the brain
Fathallah-Shayk HM, Zhao L, Mickey BE, Kafrouni AI. Expert Opinion Investigational Drugs 2000 9 1207-1215
Neurophysiologic and neuroradiologic features of intractable epilepsy after traumatic brain injury in adults
Diaz-Arrastia P, Agostini MA, Frol AB, Mickey B, Fleckenstein J, Bigio E, VanNess PC. Archives of Neurology 2000 57 1611-1616
Image guided robotic radiosurgery in a rat glioma model
Psarros TG, Mickey B, Gall K, et al. Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery 2004 45(5) 266-72
Gliosarcoma cell death after radiosurgery in a rat model
Psarros TG, Mickey B, Gilio J, Drees J, Gall K, Carlson D, Giller C, Willis MS Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery 2005 48(3) 142-148
Detection of experimentally induced brain tumors in rats using high resolution computed tomography
Psarros TG, Mickey B, Giller, C Neurological Resident 2005 27(1) 57-59
The Role of the Le Fort I Maxillotomy in the Management of Incompletly Resected Pituitary Macroadenomas
Mickey, B, Hutchins, L., Eillis, E. Skull Base August 2007 17 369-378
Atypical teraroid/rhabdoid tumor: cytology and differential diagnosis in adults
Raisanen J, Hatanpaa KJ, Mickey BE, White CL 3rd Diagnostic Cytopathology July 2004 31(1) 60-63
- Primary Tumors of the Brain and Spinal Cord
- Surgical approaches to the base of the skull
- Clinical trials of new therapies for malignant intra-cranial tumors
- Skull Base Tumors
- Brain Metastases
- Pituitary Tumors
- Acoustic Neuromas