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Michael Harrison, MD

4.7 out of 5 (160 Ratings)



About Michael Harrison

Dr. Harrison graduated from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he also completed his residency in neurosurgery. He subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas, where he finished subspecialty training with a fellowship in skull base surgery.

Dr. Harrison served as a staff neurosurgeon and chief of Neurosurgery at the David Grant U.S. Air Force Medical Center in California, as a staff neurosurgeon at the Southwest Washington Medical Center and most recently at Rhode Island Hospital.

He has extensive experience and expertise in a range of neurosurgery including spine surgery and complex brain surgery.

Dr. Harrison brings special expertise in skull base surgery, which involves procedures in some of the most complex areas of the brain where it exits the skull to the spine. Here, the blood supply to the brain enters the skull and the cranial nerves exit. Previously, patients have had to travel outside of the region for this highly complex surgery, which may be used to treat brain tumors and other conditions. Dr. Harrison has conducted research and published widely on topics concerning skull base surgery, including treatment for meningioma, usually benign brain tumors that often are located at the base of the skull. He has also conducted research and published widely on surgical treatment for a range of cervical and spine problems.

Dr. Harrison is board certified in neurological surgery.


Practicing at the following locations:

Southcoast Physicians Group Neurosurgery

235 Hanover Street, #2
Fall River, MA 02720

P: 508-973-7782

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Southcoast Physicians Group Neurosurgery

480 Hawthorn Street
Dartmouth, MA 02747

P: 508-973-9150

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Insurances Accepted

Southcoast accepts most major insurance plans. Call the Southcoast patient registration department at 844-297-2952 or your health plan with any questions regarding coverage.

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Patient Comments (35)

At Southcoast Health, we strive to deliver exceptional patient care along with an exceptional patient experience. We appreciate all of your feedback and share your comments to recognize the wonderful care our teams provide to you as well as identify areas for improvement.

  • Dr. Harrison and his staff are wonderful!

  • The secretaries could be a litter more pleasant…they're not friendly…

  • The doctor did not rush us, answered any questions I had and explained what I had to expect in the next few weeks. Very considerate and knowledgeable.

  • Dr Harrison and his staff were extremely friendly from check in to check out

  • Dr. Harrison has provided the best care that I could possibly imagine. His diagnostic ability and his ability to correct the problem that I've been misdiagnosed for has allowed me to have more choices in my life now being later in the years. He's allowed me to get back to driving a CDL vehicle again and without him, I would honestly say I would probably be in a wheelchair within 5 years. So I have my life to really say that he has saved my my lifestyle and I really do appreciate it and I have told him so. Thank you.

  • listened to my concernsrecommended optionshelped with a treatment plan

  • I am quite pleased with my visit with Dr. Harrison. He was personable. He had a good bed side manner. He was very confident in knowing my records and... and knowing my condition. And giving a very good plan of care as follow up for me. The other staff, I did not mean any of them except for the receptionist. So I have no comments about anyone. The only person I really did see with Dr. Harrison. And my daughter in law and I were very pleased being there with him. Any answer the questions that I had, he listened to me. For that reason, I am quite happy with his care.

  • Staff were caring and kind. Dr. Harrison was awesome ! Very knowledgeable and caring.

  • Most importantly, I felt at ease the more I spoke with my Doctor about the specifics of my condition and that he is confident that he can help me. Explaining the process of the surgery along with (pros & cons)Risks & benefits, but speaking in layman's terms so I could truly understand. Thank you [Name] [Name]

  • I liked Dr. Harrison. I look forward to working with him in the future. He seems very knowledgeable


  • Dr. Harrison is smart and caring and make me feel like you really cares about my well, being he always informed me of what's going on and answered all of my questions. I would highly recommend him to anybody else that was in need of a neurosurgeon.

  • Dr Harrison was kind, gentle, listened well, and treated both me, and my pain with respect. He explained everything clearly, in a way that I could understand.

  • I went there. He listened to me and all my concerns. He recommended physical therapy, spinal injections, and he sent me for an x-ray to see if he can figure out what's causing the pain. He's very professional and I wouldn't go anywhere else. Thank you.

  • Dr. Harrison is not only an expert in his field, he is personable, compassionate, informative and reassuring. He has not forgotten that medicine involves not only the physician and other health care providers but the focus is on the patient. Thank you, Dr. Harrison.

  • Dr. Harrison was very thorough professional,knowledgeable,and explained everything very clearly. He also listened to me.

  • I realize the doctors are very busy these days, but it doesn't take any extra time to be nice and courteous and just listen to the patient for a little bit less than a minute. Why would have been able to tell the doctor everything I want to say? But I felt rushed. I felt like I had been told the kind of basically be quiet so he can, you know, looked and ask me questions which I understand but I would have like the opportunity to talk to him and just tell him a little bit of my background. So he would be more informed to make a decision on what I actually have has a diagnosis because I think it's a pieces of a puzzle that has to be placed together and it's not just the doctors that do this. It's the patience that also do this. As I have been going to many many doctors over the past 3 years to find out what exactly I have. And I was not able to tell him.

  • I appreciate that Dr Harrison is very punctual. He listens to my concerns. I would definitely refer him if someone needed a neurosurgeon.

  • Thank you. Waiting was the worst. But once up they moved fast thanks. I am still waiting for a appointment.. please help.

  • I was took in right away. He sat me and my husband down and showed us my MRI and explained everything in detail for me. It was great.

  • Dr. Harrison listened carefully to my concerns and answered each, explaining clearly the results of my tests and giving me great advice to address the issues I raised. He is one of the best doctors I have visited.

  • Dr. Harrison , himself, came to the waiting room to get me for my appointment. I was quite impressed ! Very nice Dr.

  • Good patient support

  • This provider is good he always listen to me and helping me

  • My visit went well. Thank you.

  • No need to improve. Awesome visit.

  • Both [Name] and I were very happy to have this appointment with Michael Harrison, M.D. Dr. Harrison was excellent, explaining everything and understanding [Name]'s individual situation as he will be a senior in high school, and is in 3 varsity sports which are very important to him. We were relieved to know that surgery is not the recommendation at this point in time and that his participation in workouts and training for athletics is not contraindicated. It was reassuring that [Name]'s condition may improve with continued attention to his P.T. routine. Treatment with epidural steroids is planned to help decrease inflammation and pain. We have a very high level of confidence in Dr. Harrison and are thankful to have fallen into his care. His office and staff were terrific as well. Thank You - [Name] [Name]

  • Every time I have used a provider from SouthCoast I have always had very good information from them Never any problems they are pleasant and will gladly answer any questions I might have ever since I started having the use of this group I have been please, Keep up the good work.

  • Very happy with this appointment they are very professional

  • The doctor explained every thing well that was good enough for me

  • Amazing doctors and staff! Always helpful, friendly and professional!

  • The doctors are wonderful especially Dr. Harrison. The office staff in the past has been pretty bad. When calling to ask questions they have bordered on rudeness and don't get back to you. After my visit with Dr. Harrison, I had 3 appointments set up within 20 minutes. Later in the afternoon, someone called to ask me about a question I had called about on 6/7. Not to give me an answer but to re-ask what I needed. I had already called Dr. [Name] [Name] on 6/9 and she took care of it immediately! I have always gotten the best care from Southcoast but dealing with the "Pain Management " team has been a total disappointment.

  • Dr. Harrison and his staff are excellent. Very professional and friendly. I can't say enough about Dr. Harrison. He actually walks you through the whole process. And that's refreshing. That, generally doesn't happen. He actually makes you feel like he cares about your situation and so that the staff. So I'm sure once in while they have a bad day, but I haven't seen it yet. That's it.

  • I thought everything was done very well

  • Yeah, only thing I was just is it this survey was just a little bit more, otherwise, my experience was excellent. So what he complains of very happy with my doctor. Thank you.

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