Michelle (M. J.) J. Clarke, M.D.

  1. Neurosurgeon



  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Michelle J. Clarke, M.D., is a neurosurgeon specializing in complex spine surgery and spinal oncology. Her clinical practice includes:

  • Spine tumors, including primary and metastatic tumors, spinal cord tumors, spinal vascular lesions, andassociated complex reconstructions
  • Degenerative spine disease, including spinal stenosis, degenerative scoliosis and other degenerative conditions
  • Promoting each patient's understanding of his or her disease and determining the best course of action, including directing him or her to appropriate nonsurgical management

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Clarke is an internationally recognized researcher and is deeply involved in education. She is also a member of the bioethics faculty at Mayo Clinic.

  1. Brain tumor
  2. Chiari malformation
  3. Spinal cord tumor
  4. Spinal tumor
  5. Vascular malformation
  1. Brain tumor surgery
  2. Chiari malformation surgery
  3. Spinal fusion
  4. Spine tumor surgery
  • Brain tumor surgery
  • Spinal cord tumor surgery
  • Chiari Malformation surgery
  • Sacral pathology
  • Vascular malformations of the spinal cord
  • Spine fusion
  • Spine tumor

Rochester, Minnesota

  1. 2010
    Fellow - SpineThe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  2. 2009
    Chief ResidentMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 2009
    Resident - Department of Neurologic SurgeryMayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 2008
    Research Fellowship - Pursue translational research in the field of neuro-oncologyClinician-Investigator Training Program, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. 2008
    Research Fellowship - NIH Training Grant NS07494-0Mayo Clinic
  6. 2002
    MDGeorgetown University School of Medicine
  7. 1998
    Research Student - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPrinceton University
  8. 1998
    BS - Aerospace Engineering Minor Biology/NeurosciencePrinceton University
  9. 1997
    Research Fellowship - Biomedical EngineeringInstitute of Medical Science, University of Toronto


  1. 2012
    Neurological SurgeryAmerican Board of Neurological Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2009
    Neurosurgery Research AwardMayo Clinic
  2. 2008
    Sherry Apple Travel Scholarship: Best Abstract CNSAwarding Organization
  3. 2002
    Summa Cum LaudeGeorgetown Medical School
  4. 2001
    PEO Scholar Award (2001-2002): Awarded to an outstanding graduate student in the United States or CanadaAwarding Organization
  5. 1998
    Cum LaudePrinceton School of Engineering
  6. 1998
    Certificate in Engineering BiologyPrinceton University
  7. 1987
    Teacher of the YearMayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration

Professional memberships

  1. 2015 - present
    PresidentMinnesota Neurosurgical Society
  2. 2014 - present
  3. 2013 - 2015
    TreasurerMinnesota Neurosurgical Society
  4. 2013 - present
    MemberNeurosurgery Specialty Council, Mayo Clinic Specialty Council, Mayo Clinic Clinical Practice Committee
  5. 2012 - present
    MemberManage to Reimbursement: Spine Surgery, Operations Coordination / Resource Allocation Subgroup - Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinic Clinical Practice Committee
  6. 2012 - present
    MemberSacral Study Group
  7. 2012 - present
    Founding MemberAssociation for Collaborative Spine Research
  8. 2012 - present
    Mayo RepresentativeNational Surgery Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP)
  9. 2012 - present
    MemberScientific Committee, Tumor Section, Association for Collaborative Spine Research
  10. 2012 - present
    MemberQuality Improvement Project: Postoperative Urinary Retention in Spinal Surgery, National Surgery Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP)
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