Dr. Sughrue is a native Oklahoman who attended his undergraduate studies at the University of Oklahoma. After training at several world renowned brain tumor centers, he returned to Oklahoma to provide world class care to Oklahomans with complex brain tumors. He was a founding member and is current director of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center at OU.
Dr. Sughrue's practice focuses entirely on adult brain tumors, and he performs nearly 400 brain tumor operations per year. His specific interests include removal of gliomas from critical brain regions such as speech and motor parts of the brain, skull base surgery, keyhole brain surgery, endonasal endoscopic skull base surgery, and acoustic neuroma surgery. Dr Sughrue has published over 140 publications in the scientific literature, and has co-edited several text books. He is an innovator in minimally invasive brain tumor surgery, and has taught courses to neurosurgeons all over the world about how to perform these operations.
In addition, using advanced language mapping techniques, he is often able to successfully remove many brain tumors deemed inoperable at other centers. The language mapping effort he established at OU is one of the busiest awake brain surgery programs in the United States, performing several awake brain surgeries a month.
Dr. Sughrue attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of California, San Francisco, before completing a fellowship in minimally invasive neurosurgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He joined the Faculty at the University of Oklahoma in January 2012.
Fellowship: Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Randwick, NSW, Australia
Residency: University of California at San Francisco, Dept. of Neurological Surgery
Surgical Internship: University of California at San Francisco, Department of Surgery
Medical School: Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Honors and Awards:
National Merit Scholarship, 1997
David A Boyd Scholarship, 1997
Golden Key National Honor Society, 1999
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Student Research Fellowship, 2001
American Heart Association Medical Student Research Fellowship, 2003
American Medical Association: Seed Research Grant, 2004
Alpha Omega Alpha, 2005
Louis Gibofsky Memorial Prize for Excellence in Immunobiology Research, 2005
Synthes Skull Base Award, 2008 American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2008
AANS- NREF Resident Research Fellowship, 2009
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Research Training Grant (NIH-NINDS), 2009
Ronald L. Bittner Award, 2010 American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2010
Rosegay Award: San Francisco Neurologic Society, 2011
Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, 2005
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2006
Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2006