Dr. R Michael Scott, MD

Dr. R Michael Scott, MD


Pediatric Neurosurgery | Male | 76 years old

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During my tenure as neurosurgeon-in-chief, I have helped to build the Neurosurgery Department at Boston Children's Hospital into a world...Read more

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      Dr. Scott says...

      During my tenure as neurosurgeon-in-chief, I have helped to build the Neurosurgery Department at Boston Children's Hospital into a world leader. Together with colleagues, we have trained many of the country's top neurosurgeons. I am proud of my legacy of mentorship and clinical innovation.

      In 1985, I made a clinical breakthrough in the treatment of moyamoya disease, a narrowing of the brain's blood vessels that leads to progressive strokes in children. I devised a new surgery, called pial synangiosis, in which I affixed a healthy donor artery to the affected area of a patient's brain. Our studies have shown that pial synangiosis has proved to be an extremely effective long-term treatment of the condition. This ground-breaking procedure has been successfully performed on more than 500 patients since then, changing outcomes for children with moyamoya and turning our hospital into the leading center worldwide for children with this condition.

      I have been fortunate in my career to practice at a time of rapid advances in imaging technology. The advent of CT scans allowed me, together with radiology and pathology colleagues, to diagnose and treat cavernous malformations of the brain. I collaborated with radiologists to use the new technology of MRI to describe and clarify for the first time the structural changes in the brain that occur in children with spina bifida and gain new understanding of their treatment.  

      I've had a very fortunate and rewarding career at Boston Children's Hospital. I established the Shillito Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship in 1991, which every year supports an outstanding young neurosurgeon as he or she pursues intensive, post-graduate training in pediatric neurosurgery each year. Three of our most distinguished neurosurgical faculty -- Mark Proctor, Ed Smith, Ben Warf -- were trainees of our department.

      I am Emeritus Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children's Hospital, hold the Fellows Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery and am a Professor at Harvard Medical School. I completed medical school at Temple University and residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

      I was honored to receive the Franc D. Ingraham Award for Distinguished Service to Pediatric Neurosurgery from American Association of Neurological Surgery in 2011 and the William Silen Lifetime Achievement Award in Mentoring from Harvard Medical School in 2012. I was the chairman of the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery from 2003 until 2008, am currently chairman of the council that accredits pediatric neurosurgical fellowships (ACPNF), and have sat on Boston Children's Hospital's Physician Leadership Committee and Council of Chiefs.

      Dr. Scott's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

      •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
      •  Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
      •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
      •  No malpractice claims found
      •  No sanctions found
      •  No board actions found

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      • Neurosurgery

      Conditions Treated

      • Arachnoid Cyst
      • Arteriovenous Malformation
      • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
      • Brain Tumor
      • Cavernous Malformation Brain
      • Chiari Malformation, Pediatric
      • Moyamoya Disease
      • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
      • Pediatric Brain Tumor
      • Pediatric Tethered Cord Syndrome
      • Spinal Cord Tumor
      • Stroke
      • Syringomyelia
      • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
      • Vascular Anomaly


      • Medical School
        Temple University School Of Medicine

        Graduated in 1966

      • Internship Hospital
        Boston City Hospital

        Completed in 1967

      • Residency Hospital
        Massachusetts General Hospital, Neurosurgery

        Completed in 1973

      • Fellowship Hospital
        National Institute Of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Research

        Completed in 1969

      • Undergraduate School
        Williams College

        Graduated in 1962

      Languages Spoken

      • English

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      • Pediatric Neurosurgery
      • Neurosurgery

      Procedures Performed

      • Acute Stroke Management
      • Brain Tumor Surgery
      • Spinal Cord Surgery
      • Stroke Prevention