Michael C. Park, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Michael C. Park

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Claire Graham

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Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Scholar

University of Kansas

Neurosurgery and Surgery, Rhode Island Hospital

William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship, Assistance Publique L'Hopital D'Adulte de la Timone

PhD, University of Kansas (Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology)

University of Kansas (Biology); Cornell University (Electrical Engineering/Economics)


Dr. Park received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Kansas (KU) in Kansas City, KS, and received a Bachelors in Biology from KU in Lawrence, KS, and dual Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He was a 2009 recipient of the William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship and studied at the Assistance Publique L’Hopital d’Adulte de la Timone, Marseille, France.

Dr. Park has extensive experience with neuromodulation, also known as deep brain stimulation. This surgical therapy for brain conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia, modulates brain activity to treat symptoms. He also uses neuromodulation to stimulate the spinal cord and to deliver intrathecal drug therapy to treat cancer and chronic pain. 

In addition, working with epilepsy specialists, Dr. Park performs procedures such as depth and grid electrode placement to identify abnormal brain areas that may cause epilepsy seizures and offer treatments that include surgical resection, response neural stimulator (NeuroPace) placement, and vagal nerve stimulation. If patients are unable to have surgery, Dr. Park can treat some of their conditions using Gamma Knife Radiosurgery as well.

Awards & Recognition

  • The William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship, 2009
  • The Melvyn M. Gelch, M.D. Award for Advanced Training of Neurosurgical Residents, 2007
  • University of Kansas M.D./Ph.D. Scholarship, 1994 - 2002
  • 2001 Society for Neuroscience Chapters/Eli Lilly Graduate Travel Award
  • Graduate Student Travel Scholarship
  • KU Medical Center Bookstore Academic & Community Achievement Award
  • Honor roll, University of Kansas
  • Dean’s List, Cornell University
  • Cornell Tradition Fellowship


Research Summary/Interests

Research Interests

  • Brain structure
  • Neuromodulation
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Medical device innovation

Research Projects



  • Ferrara JM, Houghton DJ, Knoop C, Park MC. Management of levodopa-induced stereotypic gait disorder with pallidal stimulation. Neurology: Clinical Practice. August 1, 2014, published ahead of print.
  • Régis J, Tamura M, Park MC, McGonigal A, Rivière D, Coulon O, Bartolomei F, Girard N, Figarella-Branger D, Chauvel P, Mangin J-F. Subclinical abnormal gyration pattern, a potential anatomical marker of epileptogenic zone in patients with MRI-negative frontal lobe epilepsy. Neurosurgery 2011, 69:80-94.
  • Régis J, Carron R, Park MC, Soumare O, Delsanti C, Thomassin JM, Roche PH. Wait-and-see strategy compared with proactive Gamma Knife surgery in patients with intracanalicular vestibular schwannomas. Journal of Neurosurgery 2010, 113 Suppl:105-111.
  • Régis J, Carron R, Park M. Is radiosugery a neuromodulation therapy?: A 2009 Fabrikant Award Lecture. Journal of Neurooncology 2010, 98:155-162.
  • Arnold PM, Park MC, Newell K, Kepes JJ, Thrasher JB. Thoracic spinal cord compression secondary to metastatic synovial sarcoma: case report. Coluna/Columna 2009, 8:206-211.
  • Park MC, Goldman MA, Tung GA, Goel R, Sampath P. Endonasal ethmoidectomy and bifrontal craniotomy with craniofacial approach for resection of frontoethmoidal osteoma causing tension pneumocephalus. Skull Base: an Interdisciplinary Approach 2008, 18:67-72.
  • Friehs GM, Park MC, Goldman MA, Zerris VA, Norén G, Sampath P. Stereotactic radiosurgery for functional disorders. Neurosurgical Focus 2007, 23(6);E3.
  • Park MC, Goldman MA, Carpenter LL, Price LH, Friehs GM. Vagus nerve stimulation for depression: rationale, anatomical and physiological basis of efficacy and future prospects. Acta Neurochirurgica Supplement 2007, 97 (Pt2):407-416.
  • Park MC, Goldman MA, Park MJ, Friehs GM. Neuroanatomical localization of the “precentral knob” with computed tomography imaging. Journal of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 2007, 85:158-161.
  • Lawson HC, Sampath P, Boyhan E, Park MC, Hussain N, Olivi A, Weingart J, Kleinberg L, Brem H. Interstitial chemotherapy for malignant gliomas: the Johns Hopkins experience. Journal of Neurooncology 2007, 83:61-70.

Book Chapters

  • Park MC, Goldman MA, Friehs GM, Canavero S. Anatomical methods of cortical localization. In: Textbook of Therapeutic Cortical Stimulation. Canavero S (ed). Nova Science Publications, New York, NY, 2009. pp. 3-16.
  • Park MC, Goldman MA, Belknap TW, Friehs GM. The future of neural interface technology. In: Textbook of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Lozano AM, Gildenberg PL, Tasker RR (eds). Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, 2009. pp. 3185 - 3200.
  • Park MC, Harrington Jr. JF, Jenis LG, Friehs GM. Chapter 152: Surgical management of segmental spinal instability. In: Schmidek & Sweet Operative Neurosurgical Techniques: Indications, Methods, and Results, 5th ed, Schmidek HH, Roberts DW (eds). Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 2006. pp. 2114-2145.


  • Hudson HM, Griffin DM, Park MC, Belhaj-Saïf A, Cheney PD. Muscle synergies represented in the output of hindlimb M1 in comparison to forelimb M1 of the rhesus macaque. Society for Neuroscience 2010.
  • Weil A, Park MC, Dousset A, Bonaventure P, Regis J, Leveque M. YouTube: a new source of information regarding functional neurosurgery to patients. XIX Congress of the European Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 2010.
  • Lévêque M, Park MC, Tabouret E, Bouvier C, Peragut J-C, Régis J. Régression spontanée d’un méningiome de la région pinéale [French]. Congrès Neurochirurgie, 2010.
  • Melhaoui A, Park MC, Hayashi M, Bartolomei F, Chauvel P, Régis J. Long-term MRI follow-up after gamma knife radiosurgery for temporal lobe epilepsy. 15th International Meeting of the Leksell Gamma Knife® Society, 2010.
  • Lévêque M, Melhaoui A, Park MC, Yomo S, Donnet A, Régis J. Gamma knife radiosurgery for glossopharyngeal neuralgia: report of 7 cases. 15th International Meeting of the Leksell Gamma Knife® Society, 2010.
  • Lee JK, Melhaoui A, Witjas T, Park MC, Régis J. Vim targeting in gamma knife radiosurgery for intractable tremor: influence of the shot topology on efficacy and safety. 15th International Meeting of the Leksell Gamma Knife® Society, 2010.
  • Park MC, Tamura M, Mangin J-F, McGonigal A, Rivière D, Coulon O, Bartolomei F, Girard N, Chauvel P, Régis J.Characterizing subclinical abnormal gyration patterns related to cortical dysplasia in MRI negative frontal lobe epilepsy. American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2010.
  • Duncan J, III, Noren G, Caralopoulos I, Stopa E, Silverberg G, Klinge P, Donahue J, Park M, Miller M, Johanson C. A porcine model of hydrocephalus induced by gamma knife irradiation. 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida, 2009.
  • Friehs G, Penn RD, Park MC, Goldman M, Zerris VA, Hochberg LR, Chen D, Mukand J, Donoghue JP. Initial surgical experience with an intracortical microelectrode array for brain-computer interface applications. Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2006.
  • Friehs G, Zerris VA, Park M, Goldman M, Hochberg L, Donoghue J. Experience with a multi-unit brain recording system in humans. AREADNE (Research in Encoding and Decoding of Neural Ensembles), 2006.


  • “Complex regional pain syndrome: Introduction to spinal cord stimulation.”Podiatry Roundtable, Louisville, KY, July 22, 2014.
  • “Clinical relevance of brain’s folding pattern.”University of California Davis Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA, July 8, 2014.
  • “Surgical treatment options for Parkinson’s disease.”University of Louisville Physicians Parkinson’s Disease Spring Symposium, Rudd Heart & Lung Building Conference Center, Louisville, KY, May 8, 2014.
  • “Clinical relevance of brain’s folding pattern." Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center Friday Seminar Series, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, November 15, 2013.
  • “Case presentation: 21 year-old with seizures.” 25th Anniversary of the Brown Neurosurgery Residency Program & the 7th Annual Melvyn M. Gelch Lecture, Brown University, Providence, RI, June 3, 2013.
  • “Form following function: Clinical relevance of brain’s functional map and folding pattern.” Department of Neurological Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, January 9, 2013.
  • “Novel approaches in neurosurgery: BrainGateTM to BrainVISA.” Department of Neurosurgery Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, March 9, 2012.
  • “Deep brain stimulation.” Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of Kentucky, Jeffersonville, IN, October 27, 2010.
  • “Subclinical abnormal gyration patterns in MRI-negative frontal lobe epilepsy patients: a potential anatomical marker.” Epilepsy Conference Lecture, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea, October 20, 2010.
  • “Intracortical microelectrode array for brain-computer interface and the future of neural interface technology.” Department of Neurosurgery Lecture, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea, October 20, 2010.
  • “BrainGateTM to BrainVISA: Where are we going?” Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, May 13, 2010.
  • “BrainGateTM to BrainVISA: Where are we going?” Neuroscience Combined Grand Rounds, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, May 7, 2010.
  • “BrainGateTM to BrainVISA: Where are we going?” Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, February 10, 2010.


Clinical Interests

Stereotactic and functional neurosurgery; Neuromodulation; Deep brain stimulation