Michelle M. Cecchini MD

2015 - 2019

Dr. Michelle Cecchini is a neurosurgeon trained in the surgical treatment of disorders of the brain and
spine. She is originally from the Chicagoland area and attended University of Illinois- Champaign
graduating with a degree in Biology with High distinction and Summa cum Laude. She attended medical
school at Rush Medical College and completed her training in Neurosurgery at the University of
Washington in Seattle in 2015.

Dr. Cecchini worked at the University of Washington for three and a half
years after graduating, where she specialized in surgical treatment of brain and spine tumors,
degenerative disease of the neck and back, hydrocephalus, and congenital disorders of the nervous
system. She was also an active educator as the director of resident education courses and the associate
program director.

She moved to San Antonio when her significant other was relocated here by the Army
and they welcomed their first child in June of 2019. Dr. Cecchini is excited to begin to bring her expertise
in neurosurgical care to the communities of San Antonio, and intends to provide compassionate and
expert medical care to her patients using the most modern technology and knowledge available.

Demographic Information

Current Appointments

Weatherby Healthcare, Locum tenens physician

Hayes Locums, Locum tenens physician

Education and Training

2000-2004 Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, High Distinction

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL

2004-2008 Doctor of Medicine

Rush Medical College Chicago, IL

2008-2009 Neurosurgery Internship

University of Washington Seattle, WA

2009-2015 Neurosurgery Residency

University of Washington Seattle, WA

2015 (Jan- June) Spine Fellowship

University of Washington Seattle, WA

Professional Experience and Academic Appointments      

2015-2019 Assistant Professor, Full Time Staff

Department of Neurological Surgery

University of Washington Medical Ctr/ Harborview Medical Ctr

2017- Feb 2019 Associate Program Director

UW Neurological Surgery Residency Program

2015-Feb 2019 Director of UW Skull Base Laboratory

Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

2017- Feb 2019 Director of UW Spine Cadaver Laboratory

Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

2016- Feb 2019 Director of UW Spine Sawbones Course

Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington

Research Activities

Peer- Reviewed Publications

Cecchini, M., Levitt, M., Taneja, M., Hallam, D., Ghodke, R. Embolization of carotid-cavernous fistula via direct percutaneous puncture of the inferior ophthalmic vein. Technical note. J Neuroradiol. 2011 Jul 21.

Morton RP, Abecassis IJ, Hanson JF, Barber J, Nerva JD, Emerson SN, Ene CI, Chowdhary MM, Levitt MR, Ko AL, Dellit TH, Chesnut RM. Predictors of infection after 754 cranioplasty operations and the value of intraoperative cultures for cryopreserved bone flaps. J Neurosurg. 2016 Jan 15:1-5.

Chowdhary MM, Ene CI, Silbergeld DL. Treatment of Gliomas: How Did We Get Here? Surg Neurol Int. 2015 Feb 13;6(Suppl 1):S85-8.

Morton RP, Abecassis IJ, Hanson JF, Barber JK, Chen M, Kelly CM, Nerva JD, Emerson SN, Ene CI, Levitt MR, Chowdhary MM, Ko AL, Chesnut RM. Timing of Cranioplasty: a 10.75 year single-center analysis of 754 patients. J Neurosurg. 2018 Jun; 128(6): 1648-1652.

Abstracts, Oral Presentations, Poster Presentations and Exhibits Presented at Professional Meetings

Ali Ravanpay MD, PhD, Michelle Cecchini MD, Richard Ellenbogen MD, Michael Jensen MD, Targeted Cytotoxic Killing of Glioblastoma by Genetically Engineered Central Memory T cells Expressing Monoclonal Antibody 806 Chimeric Antigen Receptor, Poster, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, September 2013

Larry R. Shannon, II, MD, Richard W. Byrne, MD, Michelle Cecchini, BS, George Selas BS, Matthew Morin, Andres Kanner, Michael Smith MD, Complications of Subdural Electrode Epilepsy Recording, Abstract, AANS, April 2008

Musacchio, M., Cecchini, M., Boco, T., Deutsch, H., Clinical outcomes after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with unilateral pedicle screw fixation, Abstract, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, September 2007

Cecchini, M., Delcomyn, F., Insect leg hair plate encodes velocity, not position, Abstract and Poster, Midwest Neurobiology Society, June 2004

Book Chapters

Ellenbogen, RG., Lucas, T., Chowdhary, M., Microsurgical Approaches to the Ventricle. In Principles of Neurological Surgery, 4th Edition: Richard G. Ellenbogen, MD, FACS, Laligam N Sekhar, MD, FACS and Neil Kitchen


T32 NIH Training Grant, P.I.: M. Jensen, M. Zhang Topic: Production of chimeric antigen receptor transduced CD8+ T cells against overexpressed EGFR for glioblastoma.

Professional Societies and National Meetings

AANS, active member, 2008- present

CNS, active member, 2008- present

SNS Western Region Intern Boot Camp

Invited Faculty- Lecturer, Skills Proctor 2016, 2017, 2018

SNS Western Region R2 Boot Camp

Invited Faculty- Lecturer, Skills Proctor 2016, 2017, 2018

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First Neurosurgeon I have experience with that actually went through each picture on MRI explaining my situation. My referral was put in Immediately! Dr. Sebastian Juan Villarreal was absolutely brilliant, I'd give him a 100 stars. Wonderful experience, Highest recommendation!

Jenilyn Jenson

What an amazing doctor and staff. He treats you as if you are the only patient he has to attend to. He will spend whatever time with you to ensure you are comfortable with the procedure he will be doing. Thank you, Dr. Galvan, for being so kind and compassionate to me before and after my surgical procedure.

Arlene Wms-Tillman

He is a very professional doctor He performed back fusion surgery and during the process, I felt in great professional hands I was informed of all the procedures etc...Dr.Galvan is one of the best neurosurgeons in the area

Rosa Martha Jimenez

Dr. George Galvan was well prepared for the initial visit.
The morning of the surgery everyone at the Stone Oak Methodist Hospital was very professional and still concerned that I was comfortable. I could not expect to have expected better care by the hospital staff on the surgical floor. Praise the Lord!

Brenda Richardson

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