Dr. Michael Stechison, MD

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Dr. Michael Stechison, MD
Dr. Stechison was born, raised, and educated in Toronto, Canada. He earned his MD and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto. His PhD is in the field of experimental neuroanatomy. Dr. Stechison began his career in academic practice serving on the Faculty at The Ohio State University. He was Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, as well as running a basic science laboratory in his capacity as Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy. He founded the Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Service at Ohio State University and pioneered the introduction of techniques such as somatosensory evoked potentials, EMG, and cranial nerve monitoring into the operating room which had been previously unavailable. He developed some new techniques for monitoring cranial nerves during surgery and published these. Dr. Stechison performed many brain tumor and cranial nerve surgeries during his time at Ohio State from 1989 through 1992. In addition he did some innovative work on adult correction of congenital craniofacial syndromes with the his contemporary, the late Dr. Arden Hegtvedt. This led to some collaborative work using transfacial approaches to basilar artery aneurysms and other developments such as helping to popularize the use of craniofacial plating systems in neurosurgery. Dr. Stechison was featured in the early promotional literature of the W. Lorenz company, an early manufacturer of these products. These have no become popular and regularly used by neurosurgeons in the reconstruction of the skull after craniotomy surgery. Dr. Stechison was hired by Dr. Peter Jannetta at the University of Pittsburgh and took the position as Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, and the role of Neurosurgical Director of the Center for Cranial Base Surgery. He took over the position vacated by Dr. Laligam Sekhar who was the co-founder of this unit. This was the first multidisciplinary center of its kind in the world combining the efforts of neurosurgeons with ENT surgeons, neuro-otologists, plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, and oral maxillofacial surgeons. Dr. Stechison's practice focused on the long, complex surgical treatment of cranial base tumors. In addition he continued his trigeminal neuralgia work with Dr. Peter Jannetta. Patients came from all over the world for these innovative surgeries that were in the process of being developed at this institution. In 1995 Dr. Stechison moved to Georgia and entered private practice. He continued his strong focus on brain tumor microsurgery, cranial nerve disorders as well as the full spectrum of spine surgery. He was the first clinical user of the digitized frameless stereotactic brain biopsy device offered by Medtronic after its FDA approval. He reported on an early series of results with this method which has now replaced the old style of head-frame stereotactic procedures of the past. In 2008 Dr. Stechison moved his practice, Greater Atlanta Neurosurgery, PC from its base at Emory University Hospital Midtown into a hospital-owned joint-venture entity with Gwinnett Medical Center. He served as Medical Director of Neuroscience for Gwinnett Health System, and Medical Director of the Brain and Spine Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center until July 2016. During that time he was responsible for many technological additions and expansions in neurosurgical services and care including the addition of an O-Arm, and increasing the image-guidance technology platforms used during surgery. Dr. Stechison also served as Principal Investigator for an international multicenter NIH stroke trial called MISTIE-III stroke trial which he brought to the Neuroscience Unit at Gwinnett Medical Center. In October Dr. Stechison returned to private practice neurosurgery and formed Stechison Neurosurgery Atlanta, LLC based at Northside Hospital, with services also offered at Gwinnett and Eastside Medical Centers.

Stechison Neurosurgery Atlanta, LLC

3855 Pleasant Hill Rd Ste 270

Duluth, GA 30096

Contact Information

(404) 683-5240

Dr. Michael Stechison, MD

Dr. Michael Stechison, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Care Philosophy

Dr. Stechison is known for saying that "surgery is a team sport."  In addition to the obvious reference to the number of individuals that are required To participate in a the flawless performance of a complex surgery, he is also referring to the importance of a patient and their family working with the neurosurgeon to align their objectives to focus on positive energy, understanding, and support through all phases of the neurosurgical treatment.  

Dr. Stechison believes that everyone should be educated about their condition, and their treatment options, and that a patient should play a role in making an educated selection of the treatment that is optimal.  He personally spends the time to explain and educate.  Dr. Stechison says that "no patient leaves my office with an unanswered question."

Kind,compassionate,personalized care, and effective communication are cornerstone values of our practice

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Dr. Stechison's Experience

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Dr. Stechison's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
1

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Georgia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • University Of Toronto Faculty Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • University Toronto
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Toronto
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • PHD
    Other Education | Completed 1986

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Stechison has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Stechison's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Stechison to family and friends
4.2
based on 18 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Stechison's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in Dacula, Ga |
My husband had c-spine surgery. He is extremely professional yet very personable and he cares a great deal about his patients. Excellent surgeon.
in Lawrenceville, GA |
Dr. Michael Stechison is a Great Doctor. He cares about his patients and I would recommend him to all my friends and family.
in Loganville, GA |
I came with CT scans of my back L4-L5. He did not listen to me about my problem, as if he had made up his mind before he saw me. I am very disappointed. I wanted to know what was causing my problem. I wanted him to compare two CT scans, one before and the after my back fusion. I don't think he even looked at the CT scans of my lumbar region. He said he could not do any thing for me. Did not recommend any thing that could help me. I am disputing the cost of this visit. Please reimburse.
in snellville, GA |
I am extremely satisfied with Dr. Stechison’s patience, knowledge and surgical skills in trigeminal neuralgia (TN) microvascular decompression (MVD) procedure. My MVD surgery went very well. The recovery also went smoothly. Many Many thanks. Dr. Stechison is an excellent neurosurgeon.
Alpharetta, GA |
DId not seem to listen, address and really care about my concerns.
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Dr. Stechison accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
    Blue Open Access POS
  • Cigna
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    Cigna PPO
    LocalPlus
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  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Preferred PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Stechison has admitting privileges

Eastside Medical Center
1700 Medical Way
Snellville, GA 30078
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Gwinnett Medical Center - Lawrenceville
1000 Medical Center Blvd
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
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Northside Hospital
1000 Johnson Ferry Rd
Atlanta, GA 30342
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Northside Hospital - Forsyth
1200 Northside Forsyth Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
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