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Michael Karsy, MD, Neurosurgery, Salt Lake City, UT, University of Utah Health

MichaelKarsyMDPhD, MSc

Neurosurgery Salt Lake City, UT

Brain & Spinal Tumor, Pituitary Surgery, Skull Base


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  • I am a skull base neurosurgeon who treats tumor and vascular pathologies through minimally-invasive endoscopic and traditional, open microsurgical approaches. My work involves a large multi-disciplinary team that consists of neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, neuroophthalmologists, neuroendocrinologists, and specialized otolaryngology (ENT) cancer surgeons to ensure the best treatment outcomes for patients. I have had experience with radiosurgery in a variety of complex cranial pathologies. I completed separate fellowships in minimally-invasive skull base surgery as well as spine surgery. My research interests are in improving health care outcomes, novel surgical approaches, and better molecular characterization of tumors.

Education & Training

  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
    Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson UniversityFellowship, Cranial Base Surgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery, 2020 - 2021
  • University of Utah Health
    University of Utah HealthResidency, Neurological Surgery, 2013 - 2020
  • The University of Utah
    The University of UtahM.S., Bioengineering, 2016 - 2017
  • New York Medical College
    New York Medical CollegeClass of 2013
  • University of California - Los Angeles
    University of California - Los AngelesB.S., Neuroscience, 2002 - 2006

Certifications & Licensure

  • WY State Medical License
    WY State Medical License 2022 - 2022
  • MT State Medical License
    MT State Medical License 2022 - 2024
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 2020 - 2022
  • UT State Medical License
    UT State Medical License 2014 - 2024

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Charlie Kuntz Award AANS/CNS Spine Section, 2017
  • First Prize Resident Research-51st Annual Meeting Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, 2016
  • Consultant of the Month University of Utah, Department of Emergency Medicine, 2015
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Original Article Transsphenoidal Approaches for Microsurgical Resection of Pituitary Adenomas in Pediatric Patients  
    John R Kestle, Michael Karsy, Jian Guan, William T Couldwell, ScienceDirect
  • Original Article Safety and Outcome of Transsphenoidal Pituitary Adenoma Resection in the Elderly  
    Jian Guan, William T Couldwell, Michael Karsy, ScienceDirect
  • The Impact of Specialization in Journal Networks and Scholarship  
    Michael Karsy, William T Couldwell, John D Rolston, World Neurosurgery
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • EQ-5D Quality-of-Life Analysis and Cost-Effectiveness after Skull Base Meningioma Resection.
    Karsy M, Jensen MR, Guan J, Ravindra VM, BIsson EF, Couldwell WT, North American Skull Base Meeting, 1/1/2019
  • Evaluation of pediatric glioma outcomes using intraoperative MRI: A multi-center cohort study of more than 300 patients.
    Karsy M, Akbari H, Limbrick D, Leuthard EC, Evans J, Smth MD, Strahl J, Leonard J, Brockmeyer DL, Bollo RJ, Kestle JR, SH Cheshier, Honeycutt J, Donahue DJ, Roberts RA..., American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 1/1/2019
  • The Effect of Supplementation of Vitamin D in Neurocritical Care Patients with Hypovitaminosis D: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
    Karsy M, Guan J, Eli I, Brock AA, Menacho ST, Park SM, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 1/1/2019
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  • Pathologic Remodeling in Human Neuromas. 
    Orlando, FL - 1/1/2018
  • Prognostic role of mitochondrial pyruvate carrier in isocitrate dehydrogenase-mutant glioma. 
  • Synergistic Meningioma Treatment with PARP inhibitors, temozolomide and radiotherapy. 
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  • The Role of Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1 (HIF1) in the Radioresistance of Meningiomas. 
    Karsy M, MS Thesis-University of Utah - Department of Bioengineering
  • Cancer immunotherapy comes of age. 
    England B and Karsy M, NYMC Quill and Scope Medical Student Journal
  • Challenges in stem cell therapy: Bench-to-bedside. 
    Pandey VG and Karsy M, NYMC Quill and Scope Medical Student Journal
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Authored Content

  • Key Presentations from AANS 2022May 2022
  • Assessment of Costs in Open Microsurgery and Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Intracranial MeningiomasJuly 2018
  • Sequelae and Management of Radiation Vasculopathy in Neurosurgical PatientsJune 2018
  • Varicella Zoster Virus Infection and Osteomyelitis of the Skull: A Case ReportMay 2018
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Press Mentions

  • Anterior Two-Thirds Corpus Callosotomy via Stereotactic Laser Ablation
    Anterior Two-Thirds Corpus Callosotomy via Stereotactic Laser AblationApril 1st, 2018
  • University of Utah Clinical Trial Reveals Vitamin D Replenishment in Neurocritical Patients Fails to Improve Outcomes
    University of Utah Clinical Trial Reveals Vitamin D Replenishment in Neurocritical Patients Fails to Improve OutcomesSeptember 20th, 2019

Grant Support

  • Improvement of neuroendovacular catheter technologyNational Science Foundation2020–2021
  • Improving ventriculoperitoneal shunt technologyNational Science Foundation2019–2021
  • Assessment of Safety and Efficacy of Preoperative and Intraoperative Image-Guided Resection of Gliomas and Tumor Region-Specific Biomarker CorrelationUniversity of Utah - Department of Neurosurgery2016–2021
  • Evaluation of C1-C2 biomechanics: Comparison of facet distraction and C1-C2 arthrodesisCervical Spine Research Society2018–2019
  • Council of State Neurosurgical Societies Socioeconomic FellowshipCouncil of State Neurosurgical Societies2017–2018
  • Anesthesia Reflector SystemNational Science Foundation2017–2018
  • Randomized Clinical Trial of Hypovitaminosis D Treatment in the Neurocritical Care Unit (RECTIFY trial)University of Utah - Department of Neurosurgery2016–2018
  • Research Barriers and Incentives in Neurological Surgery: A Survey of Resident NeurosurgeonsSouth Carolina Neurosurgical Research Foundation2017
  • The Role of Tumor Suppressor p53 in the Regulation of Cancer Stem Cells of Glioblastoma MultiformeNew York Medical College Predoctoral Scholarship2009–2013


  • Steering committee member, RAPID surgical registry 2021 - Present
  • Work force committee, Council of State Neurological Societies (CSNS) 2018 - Present

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