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Michael Harrison, MD

4.7 out of 5 (149 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 (29)

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. Michael Harrison was so very kind and completely thorough with his examination and took the time to listen to all my concerns as well as explaining all my options pertaining to my particular issue! I absolutely would recommend Dr. Michael Harrison to everyone!

  • Everything was done well.No room for improvement.

  • I was greeted and welcomed by the staff. The Dr was very knowledgeable , kind and courteous. I had a wonderful experience.

  • Hi. Dr. Harrison, he is a very kind Doctor. He takes the time to explain things to you in a way that you'll understand. Most doctors I have, I have trouble going through that, them explaining things to me where I understand them. But he made sure that I understood it and he went over everything with me a few times, he made me feel welcome. I didn't feel ashamed because of my medical problem or anything; just made me feel like somebody in the family. Okay, so I have to say thank you very much Dr. Harrison. Bye-bye.

  • Dr Harrison has repaired my back. My mobility is returning and I feel if he didn't do the surgery I would be I a wheelchair today. He and the whole Southcoast experience was stress free.

  • Dr. Harrison just just was wonderful. He was kind concerned. He listened. He really was good. In fact, so good that my husband wants to go to him and made an appointment there for I guess. I can't remember the date of 2 of probably in 3 weeks and 3 weeks, and I'm to call him back also at 3 weeks, and hopefully I won't be going but we'll see. I want to get better fast. Thank you so much.Great place. Thanks. Bye. Bye.

  • Finally I was told what to do with my issue.

  • Dr Harrison was kind-interested and compassionate. Wonderful..

  • Professional and knowledgeable.

  • Doctor took his time, very thorough, provided a full explanation of my MRI and condition. Left office feeling fully informed about condition and courses of actions to combat issues in future. Within an hour the office staff had set me up with both a physical therapist and a pain specialist.

  • Showed interest and explained it well

  • Dr Harrison was great and the office staff is wonderful and helpful.

  • No need for improvement

  • Dr. Michael Harrison is very caring, understanding and always takes time to explain a patient's condition in a professional and clear manner. He,also, explains the various options that are available to a patient.The staff is friendly and professional.There isn't anything that I would change.

  • 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.

  • Very satisfied

  • 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.

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