Dr. Desaloms graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 Summa Cum Laude. He then graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1992. He completed a residency in Neurosurgery in 1998 after an internship in General Surgery at Baylor in 1993. He was Chief Resident in Neurosurgery from 1997-1998.
Dr. Desaloms joined Dallas Neurosurgical & Spine in 1998 and is Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.
He practices at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano. He served as Chairman of the Neurosurgical Department and Director of the Movement Disorder Surgery Center and is currently on staff at Methodist Hospital for Surgery and Presbyterian Hospital of Allen.
He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurosurgeons. He is also a member of the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He serves on the Board of the Northeast chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.
Beyond the main office in Plano, Dr. Desaloms also sees patients in the Dallas, Allen and Addison offices.
He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.
Areas of Expertise
Specialties and Clinical Interests:
Spinal and cerebral neurosurgery, diagnosis and treatment of herniated discs and spinal stenosis in the cervical and lumbar spine, minimally invasive spine surgery, spinal reconstruction, spine and brain tumors, neuroendoscopy, trigeminal neuralgia, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, movement disorder surgery, epilepsy surgery, and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery.
To read “How to Fix Your Brain,” in D magazine online featuring Dr. Desaloms, click here.
D Magazine, “Best Doctors in Dallas,” 2001-2018
Texas Monthly, “Super Doctors,” 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
2015 Press Ganey Top 1% in Patient Satisfaction (nationwide)
Vitals “Patients’ Choice Award,” 2018
Education & Training
The University of Texas at Austin
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
Internship and Residency
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston
Dr. Michael Desaloms –
I want to thank you and your office staff for the kind and courteous, all the while professional care, you have provided for my husband.
I never wanted to need to know a top neurosurgeon, but I do now. I didn't want to understand why one would be in the surgical Brain Suite, but I now do. I'd heard the words Gamma Knife, but didn't feel the need to understand it any better until August of this year.
The last seven months have been a trying and unique road, every day with new adventures and changes, and challenges. Your willingness, in an unhurried fashion, to answer our questions and your acknowledgement of how I care for my husband are incredible. You have eased the impact of the difficult diagnosis and the changes that has brought about.
Every single person I have encountered in your office is great, they are prompt and efficient, courteous and caring.
Thank you for your professional skills and your kind and compassionate manner.
You have given me back my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me medication and pain free after over six years of excruciating pain with trigeminal neurology.
Everyone from Eve, the nurse at the Cancer Treatment Center (Gamma Knife), and especially Dr. Desaloms. He was so kind, thoughtful, and skilled! I cannot thank everyone involved enough. The staff at the hospital (including those who just walked by) was so kind to my husband while he was waiting for the procedure to be completed. Thank you for making this event such a positive experience.
Patient was diagnosed with lumbar radiculopathy and lumbar herniated disc.
I cannot say enough about Dr. Desaloms and how his personal touch made such a huge impact in us preparing for a scary procedure as well as for helping my nervous wife during the wait of the surgery and in the recovery process.
Kim Wooldridge has also raised the bar for how medical business people should act doing their work. I have dealt with numerous people in this capacity over my life and so many of them are mean and hard to deal with. Kim was a blessing and she made the scary process of potential billing for surgery the best experience of my life.
There are good doctors in the area that just aren't worth the trouble that you encounter with the business side of the process, but Dallas Neurosurgical and Spine has figured out how to make the entire system work.
In July of 1997 I retired after a 33-year career in Public Education, primarily as a school district administrator in upstate New York. Just two months later, in September of 1997, when a slight tremor in my left hand and some stiffness in my neck didn’t evaporate with my separation from my "stress-producing" job, a neurologist in my small upstate NY city told me I had Parkinson’s disease.
Immediately I rushed through the stages of grieving at the prospect of losing the second half of my life to the ravages of this progressive and debilitating neurological disease.
During the next several years I was blessed with some extraordinarily sensitive and skilled neurologists as I moved about the country. I was especially happy being treated by and learning about my disease and how to master it when I moved to Northeast Texas and began my association with Dr. Richard Zweig, Neurologist, at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana. By the time I landed in Texas, my disease had become more and more difficult to manage with medication alone. Dr. Zweig talked with me about alternative treatments for Parkinson’s, particularly one called Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. He had prepared me so well emotionally that when he said DBS surgery was an option for which I appeared to be very well suited at that particular time in my life, I jumped at the opportunity.
Dr. Zweig is very protective of his patients. He takes great pride in having his patients know all they can know about their disease and in becoming the best self-advocates possible. He told me of the various benefits I might expect and also was careful to inform me of the possible downsides to the surgery and the importance of having only the very best, the most skilled and experienced team available perform the procedure. He referred me to Dr. Michael Desaloms at Dallas Neurosurgical & Spine. I had the surgery on December 13, 2006. Recently I have heard from individuals who have had their DBS performed in several steps on several different occasions. My bilateral DBS, the implantation of the stimulator and all parts necessary for it to operate, were all done as one procedure in one day, and my hospitalization was very brief.
The DBS surgery was truly a miracle for me. My primary symptom, excessive and very troubling dyskinesia, disappeared and my life has been changed for the better because of it. Dr. Desaloms and his team worked together in great harmony and seemingly effortlessly. It was very easy for me to have great confidence in his skill.
Needless to say, Dr. Desaloms and DNS have my unreserved recommendation to anyone who might be considering DBS or any other neurosurgery.
I would definitely recommend anyone with uncontrollable seizures to seriously consider surgery. I was not in control of my seizures for years. I had changed medicines several times. I had reached the end of the road, and surgery was my only option.
I had left frontal lobe surgery 11 months ago and have not had a single seizure since. It is a great feeling to be able to take back control of my life. I deeply appreciate Dr. Desaloms and everyone involved. He has changed my life forever. I no longer fear possible seizures. I was always on edge that I could have one. But now, I have complete confidence that I will remain seizure free!
I could go on and on, but there will never enough words and thanks to say to everyone involved.