Cormac Maher, M.D.

Cormac O. Maher, M.D.

Professor, Neurological Surgery


Cormac O. Maher, M.D. is a neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of children as well as adults with congenital anomalies such as Chiari Malformation and tethered spinal cord. Dr. Maher's major areas of clinical interest include the surgical treatment of Chiari Malformation, arteriovenous malformations, Moyamoya disease, cavernous malformations, pediatric brain tumors, spinal dysraphism, tethered spinal cord, and hydrocephalus.

Dr. Maher is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Soon thereafter, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts for dedicated training in pediatric neurosurgery under the direction of R. Michael Scott, M.D. of Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital. During his time in Boston, Dr. Maher served as the Shillito Staff Associate in the Department of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children's Hospital Boston. After completion of his training at Boston Children's Hospital, Dr. Maher completed fellowship training in cerebrovascular neurosurgery under the direction of Arthur L. Day, M.D of the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard University.

Dr. Maher is an active clinician-investigator and has made over 150 presentations of his work at national medical meetings. He has published a large number of scientific articles as well as book chapters on a wide variety of neurosurgical topics. His work has appeared in many medical journals including the Journal of Neurosurgery, Stroke, Neurosurgery, and Neurology.  He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.

Dr. Maher is a diplomat of both the American Board of Neurological Surgery as well as the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is a member of the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He currently serves as a director of the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships.

Dr. Maher lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and 3 children.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric neurosurgery, Chiari malformation, brain tumors, CNS tumors, Moyamoya, arteriovenous malformations, cavernomas, hydrocephalus, craniofacial anomalies, vascular anomalies, and tethered spinal cord.


Medical School

Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1998


Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic, 2004


Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital Boston, 2005

Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital, 2006

Professional Organizations

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics

Fellow, American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Board Certification

Neurological Surgery
Pediatric Neurological Surgery

Published Articles or Reviews

A complete list of Dr. Maher's recent publications is located here.