G. Michael Lemole, MD, FACS

Division Chief, Neurosurgery
Professor, Surgery
Professor, Otolaryngology

G. Michael Lemole, Jr., MD is Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Arizona (UA) Department of Surgery and Banner University Medical Center- Tucson.  Dr. Lemole has expertise in all aspects of skull base disease including minimally-invasive endoscopic techniques, classical approaches, and radiosurgical treatments.  He serves as co-director of the UA Center for Sinonasal and Skull Base Tumors.  He recently completed his term as Chief of Staff at the University of Arizona Medical Center Hospital (Main Campus). Dr. Lemole’s clinical interests include diseases of the cranial base.  His focus is on creating multidisciplinary teams of surgeons and specialists who collaborate to offer the full range of cutting-edge surgical, radiosurgical, and medical treatments for patients with brain and spine disorders. Dr. Lemole received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  He completed his residency in 2002 in neurological surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.  At Barrow he completed fellowships in Complex Spinal Surgery and Cerebrovascular/Skull Base Surgery.  He pursued international training in Austria after being awarded the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Cushing Clinical Fellowship. Dr. Lemole has generated more than 75 publications and book chapters.  He is a member of several medical societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Skull Base Society.  Dr. Lemole is a frequent invited lecturer and teaches at specialty and society courses. During his neurosurgery training, Dr. Lemole joined the United States Air Force Reserve at Luke Air Force Base just outside of Phoenix.  There he served as a flight surgeon with the 944th ASTS.  Dr. Lemole was also privileged to serve as the honorary commander for the 355th Medical Group, Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

Clinical Specialities

Complex Cranial Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Minimally-Invasive Endonasal Approaches, Cerebrovascular Surgery, Radiosurgery

Research Interests

Spinal cord injury Cranial nerve monitoring Brain tumor markers

Education and Training

MD: University of Pennsylvania, 1995
Maricopa Medical Center, General Surgery, 1995-1996
Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Neurological Surgery, 2002
Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Cerebrovascular/Skull Base Surgery, 2000, Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Complex Spinal Surgery, 2000
Board Certification(s):
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Honors and Awards:
  • Physician of the Year, Pima County Medical Society, 2011
  • Congressional Citation, Friends of the National Library of Medicine, 2011
  • Top Doctor (1 percent), US News & World Report, 2012
  • Voted "Best Doctors in America," 2013-2014
  • Honorary Comander, 355th Medical Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base