Patients place an enormous amount of trust in neurosurgeons. It is a privilege to help patients with very serious issues relating to the brain and spine.
In addition to performing surgery, one of our primary responsibilities lies in taking the time to explain to the patient and their families the details of the disease or injury process, the proposed surgery, the expected recovery, and outcome, thereby enabling them to make informed decisions about their own healthcare.
My personal philosophy involves a patient-centered approach, considering not only the symptoms or findings on imaging but the whole patient. We as surgeons will rarely know what it feels like to be a patient, facing brain or spine surgery. I often tell patients that “we treat patients, not scans”. Conservative is my approach and I offer surgery only if I feel it will benefit the patient when weighed against the inherent risks.
I was fortunate to train at the University of Virginia under internationally recognized neurosurgeons, and completed a two-year fellowship in Christchurch, New Zealand with leading neurosurgeons in the Australasian system.
Memorial neurosurgeon M. Sean McKisic, M.D. earned his medical degree at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at the University of Virginia and a two-year in-folded fellowship in New Zealand.
Neurosurgical interests and mentors:
Pituitary surgery (Dr. Edward Oldfield and Dr. Jane Jr.)
Skull base surgery (Dr. Martin MacFarlane and Dr. Greg Helm)
Brain tumor surgery (Dr. Jane Sr. and Dr. Mark Shaffrey, and Dr. Jason Sheehan)
Complex spine surgery (Dr. Chris Shaffrey, Dr. Justin Smith, and Dr. Nicholas Finnis)
Functional neurosurgery (Dr. Jeff Elias)
Vascular neurosurgery (Dr. Neal Kassell, and Dr. Ronald Boet)
Dr. McKisic holds active professional membership in the Association of Medical Illustrators and has contributed drawings to neurosurgical journals and textbooks. He served the U.S. Air Force as a Pararescueman for nearly nine years prior to pursuing a career in medicine. He has interests in search and rescue, wilderness and military medicine.
Qualifications and experience
- Brain and Nervous System, Brain and Nervous System - General Neurosurgery, Neurological Surgery, Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Surgery
Christchurch Public Hospital - New Zealand (2013)
University of Virginia School of Medicine (2008)
University of Nevada School of Medicine (2007)
University of Virginia School of Medicine (2014)