Michael L. J. Apuzzo, MD

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Michael Apuzzo

Professor, Todd-Wells Professorship in Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine

University of Southern California


Michael L.J. Apuzzo is the Edwin Todd/Trent H. Wells, Jr. Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is director of neurosurgery at the USC Kenneth Norris, Jr. Cancer Hospital and is director of the Center for Stereotactic Neurosurgery and Associated Research there. Additionally, he is clinical director of surgical neuro-oncology, Director of the Gamma Unit Facility at USC University Hospital and Director of the Cyberknife Unit at Kenneth Norris Cancer Hospital. 

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Apuzzo received his undergraduate education at Yale College, his medical education at Boston University and general surgical training at McGill's Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal Canada. He then entered neurosurgery residency at the Yale University School of Medicine where he completed additional fellowships in neurophysiology and neuropathology.

He served in the United States Navy's Nuclear Powered Submarine Service for NATO, after completing training in Nuclear Medicine, Submarine and Diving Medicine at the Navy's Groton Postgraduate School Connecticut. Duty included extended patrols to the Arctic, Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. During this period he received special recognition for unusual service from the Surgeon General and Fleet Admiral.

Following a period of faculty appointment at Yale he moved to the University of Southern California.