Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP

Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology
Director, Brain Injury Research


Dr. Michael McCrea is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. He is currently Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology, and Director of Brain Injury Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. McCrea earned his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, then completed his internship training in neuropsychology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University Medical School.

He is a past President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). Dr. McCrea has been an active researcher in the neurosciences, with numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and national and international lectures on the topic of traumatic brain injury. He authored the text Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment published by Oxford University Press. He is a member of the United States Department of Defense Health Board External Advisory Committee on Traumatic Brain Injury advising the Office of the Secretary of Defense on management and research of military related traumatic brain injury.

Education & Training

  • BA – Psychology & Sociology, Loras College, Dubuque, IA (1984 – 1988)
  • MS – Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI (1988 – 1991)
  • PhD – Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI (1991 – 1994)
  • Predoctoral Internship, Clinical Psychology/ Neuropsychology, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, TN (1993 -1994)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Neuropsychology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL (1994 -1996)

Clinical Profile

I take great interest and pride in the care I provide to my patients. In basic terms, I try to provide every patient with the level of attention, compassion and respect that I would want for one of my own family members. I recognize the value that family and caregivers bring to the care process, and I rely on them as a member of the care team in hopes of ensuring the best outcome for all.

Conditions Treated

  • Concussion
  • Post-concussion Syndrome (PCS)

  • Sport-related Concussion
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


  • Neurology

Board Certification

  • Clinical Neuropsychology

Hospital Affiliations

  • Froedtert Hospital

Primary Research Areas

  • The acute clinical and neurophysiological effects of traumatic brain injury in civilians, athletes and military personnel.


Mailing Address

Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Neurosurgery
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226