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Michael Harrison, MD

4.7 out of 5 (175 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.


Michael practices 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 (24)

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  • He did a thorough evaluation and explained everything so that I could understand what was causingmy back pain. He seemed to take a personal interest in my medical issues and took did not rush through my appointment. I was impressed with his caring demeanor.

  • Followed COVID-19 protocol Followed check in protocol on who I was Where I lived Age and what insurance I had

  • I'm so happy with this Dr. He's caring, understanding and listens.

  • The doctor was excellent from the moment he got me out of the visiting room into his office. He is very attentive, very concerned, and took care of all my questions and needs and he did a really well job of diagnosing my situation and try to do. Refer me to a specialist to get it taken care of as soon as in as quickly as possible.

  • Dr Harrison always listens to my concerns. I am completely satisfied with him. Now, his office staff do not always understand my concerns and ask me to wait until I speak with him. I missed an appt, I wish this office had a reminder call set up the day before, because I had the dates mixed up. I understand it's my responsibility to keep track of my appts, but having that reminder call would benefit probably many people. Even if it was a text or an automated reminder call. Thank you for allowing my feedback.

  • Will be having my second surgery with Dr Harrison and I feel 100% confident it will be a success..

  • The doctor was excellent along with his staff.

  • Dr Harrison was comfortable to talk to, was extremely knowledgeable and was nice and personable. I left without any more questions and felt cared for.

  • Great service

  • Dr. Harrison was great! He explained everything to me where I could understand.

  • Front office personal were friendly and courteous. Provider, seemed to be in a rush, was very short with answers to questions, and made me feel as though I could not ask questions.Was very rushed.

  • Covid 19 screening upon entry was thorough Wait time was minimalDr Harrison was thorough and efficient Dr Harrison provided alternatives for back pain.


  • he told me that I was a candidate for a spinal fusion, but he didn't explain what a spinal fusion is and how detailed it is and how, what the success rate is what the complications may be and maybe I'm jumping the gun but I just wasn't ready. I felt that I had enough knowledge to make an informed decision at that moment and it seemed like he wanted me to say yes, go ahead and schedule it and I just feel like I should have been given more information. Thank you.

  • Dr. Harrison was wonderful as he listened to my concerns, was able to diagnose my issue and suggest a plan to get me to a pain free condition. Ty!

  • From the call in the parking lot to having only one patient in the waiting room, I felt very safe. The doctor was very thorough yet not overbearing that I felt I was being heard. He asked if I had questions and listened and answered them. He did not seem like he was rushed at all. Also, he actually showed me my MRI to show the cause of my pain. I was very grateful for this. Dr. Harrison was very appreciated by me. Thank you!

  • Professional and friendly service with a caring attitude..................The staff was very welcoming. The doctor was excellent and caring about my condition. He gave me a thorough exam, and at the same time, he educated me about my condition.In Summary, everything was perfect and there is nothing to improve.

  • It was my first time there and it was an all over good experience.

  • Dr. Harrison covered it quite good. I'm only hoping that he can fix my back up. And I hope that this coronavirus does that affect me at all During the operation. Okay. Thank you. Bye. Bye.

  • I was treated very well by physicians and staff

  • I had a good experience with Michael Harrison and the office girls. I I I've been to doctors before but he's exceptional. First time I've had them. I can't wait to go back to him again. Thank you.

  • Outstanding experience. Excellent COVID19 mitigation

  • Everything went smooth.

  • Dr Harrison put me at ease. Explained everything in detail including what options were available. I was very comfortable with that

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