Michael Haglund, MD, PhD, MACM, FAANS

Michael Haglund, MD, PhD, MACM, FAANS

Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurobiology and Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke Surgery Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery
Research Professor of Global Health


Michael M. Haglund MD, PhD, MACM, FAANS holds the endowed chair as the Distinguished Duke Surgery Professor of Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Global Health at Duke University.  He serves as the Vice Chair of Education and the Program Training Director for the Duke Neurosurgery Training Program. He holds a joint appointment as a Professor in the SingHealth, Duke-NUS Global Health Institute. As the Program Director, he has led a complement increase to 21 neurosurgery residents and has received five Duke University Graduate Medical Education Innovation Grants focused on Leadership, Physician-Patient Communications, and Surgical Autonomy.

He completed the Masters of Academic Medicine Program at the University of Southern California in 2016 to further his knowledge and skills in developing innovative educational programs that can be applied both at Duke and in East Africa.  Dr. Haglund served as the Head External Examiner for COSECSA (College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa) and leads teaching and fellowship examinations for the East Africa region.  He is the Program Director of the Uganda Neurosurgery Training Program and as of June 2022 has trained 8 neurosurgeons in Uganda, including the first two women neurosurgeons.  The number of neurosurgeons has increased from 5 to 12 with 12 more in the training program.

Dr. Haglund serves as the Division Chief for the Duke Division of Global Neurosurgery and Neurology (DGNN), the first global neurosurgery division in the country.  The DGNN now has over 100 members working on global health throughout East Africa.  He has published over 175 peer reviewed publications and 21 book chapters, with over 100 on global health and global neurosurgery.

His previous clinical expertise focused on the cortical organization of language and mapping eloquent cortical regions during awake brain surgery for intractable epilepsy and he has performed over 7,000 cervical spine procedures. Dr. Haglund has received numerous awards for his teaching and humanitarian work including the 2013 Leonard Palumbo Duke University Teaching and Mentoring Award, the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from his alma mater Pacific Lutheran University, and in 2015 he was awarded the Drs. Anvar and Pari Velji Global Health Education Faculty Award from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and the prestigious American Association of Neurological Surgeons Humanitarian Award. In 2018, he also received the Alumni Humanitarian Awards from the University of Washington and Duke University.

As a partner of the Hubert-Yeargan Center, he serves as a research mentor to Global Health Pathway trainees and as a mentor and supervisor to international trainees at Duke.

His main current areas of research focus on applying Vygotsky’s social learning theory to competency based operating room teaching and assessment and in the global health arena on traumatic brain injury and epilepsy treatment. He continues to contribute equipment and supplies to the Uganda Neurosurgery training sites and is in the process of working with colleagues in Singapore to do outreach neurosurgery and training in Southeast Asia.

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