Harold D. Portnoy, M.D.

Emeritus and Retired Neurosurgeon
Michigan Head & Spine Institute

Now retired after nearly 40 years in the practice of neurosurgery, Harold D. Portnoy, M.D.,  has extensive experience in both adult and pediatric neurosurgery. He is a world recognized authority in the treatment of childhood and adult hydrocephalus (water on the brain) for which he received the Robert H. Pudenz Award for Excellence in CSF (Cerebrospinal Fluid) Physiology.

Though in private practice, he has continued life long, basic research related to brain function, hydrocephalus and raised pressure within the head. He has received the Excellence in Research Award of the Oakland Health Education Program Center for Medical Education. He is a Consulting Editor of the international neurosurgical journal, Surgical Neurology. As an active member of the community, Dr. Portnoy has received the March of Dimes Humanitarian of the Year Award, the Gold Key Award of MIRA and the Pat Elwell 'Above and Beyond' Award (MIRA).

Specialized In
Brain and spinal tumors
Cerebrovascular disease
Pediatric neurosurgical diseases
Minimally invasive surgery
Herniated disc and spinal stenosis
Childhood and adult hydrocephalus (water on the brain)

Prior Appointment
National Institute of Health, NINDS, Special Volunteer, Surgical Neurology Branch 1993
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Clinical Professor of Medical Physics at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
Chief of Neurological Surgery, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Pontiac, Michigan
Chief of Department of Surgery, Crittenton Hospital, Rochester, Michigan
Joint Council of State Neurosurgical Societies
National Head and Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program
Mental Illness Research Association (MIRA, founding member)
Advisory Board, College of Arts and Sciences, Oakland University
Oakland University Center for Biomedical Research Strategic Planning Task Force

MD: Wayne State University School of Medicine with the well known Dr. E.S. Gurdjian, one of the first neurosurgeons in Michigan
Post Graduate: Neurological Surgery, Grace Hospital (Wayne State University Affiliated Prog.)
Residency: General Surgery, Grace Hospital, Detroit, MI
Internship: Grace Hospital, Detroit, MI
BS: Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1966

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
American College of Surgeons
International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida;
Pediatric Section of the AANS
Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves of the AANS
American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (Honorary)

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