Michael received his Associate Degree in Nursing from Brookhaven College in 1992 and started his nursing career at Parkland Hospital in the Neurosurgery/Trauma Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He worked as an ICU charge nurse, primary preceptor, and mentor for six years. He became a neurosurgery nurse clinician and worked in that role for three years. He then returned to the ICU while he went back to school to get his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He returned to his role as neurosurgery nurse clinician for the next two years before leaving Parkland to help develop a neurosurgery rehabilitation program at a long-term acute care facility. He then worked for a leading neuroscience company providing neurosurgical education for nurses and physicians throughout the country. He returned to the hospital setting in 2004 with the UT Southwestern neurosurgery faculty. He obtained his master’s degree in 2011 from the University of Southern Indiana and has worked as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner since that time seeing patients in the outpatient brain tumor clinic.

Michael is strongly grounded in the caring nurse theory, and his concern and love for his patients is one of his best attributes. With over 30 years’ experience working with neurosurgical patients, Michael is an asset to the UT Southwestern team. He is currently seeing patients in the UT Southwestern brain tumor clinic with Sam Barnett, M.D., Toral Patel, M.D., and Ankur Patel, M.D.

He has one daughter who is in college. He enjoys movies, as well as spending time with his daughter and his close friends. He enjoys working out and is an avid hiker and walker.

Education & Training
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - University of Texas at Arlington
  • Master of Nursing - University of Southern Illinois