Mick Perez-Cruet, MS, M.D.
Dr. Perez-Cruet is Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Oakland University William Beaumont Hospital, School of Medicine. He is Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Spine Surgery at Corewell East Beaumont Hospital.
He is the president and founder of the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Society (MINS). Dr. Perez-Cruet serves as the surgeon champion for the Michigan Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC). Receiving his BS from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, he studied abroad and published his first peer review article “A comparative survey of reef fishes in Caribbean and Pacific Costa Rica,” a study which has been repeated due to its important environmental impact implications.
He earned an MS in chemistry from the University of South Florida and his MD from Tufts University in Boston under an Air Force Scholarship. He completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. While an active-duty neurosurgeon in the Air Force he helped develop the neurosurgical component of the Air Force Air Transportable Hospital, used in conflicts around the globe.
Following his military service he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive spine and reconstructive surgery at Rush University in Chicago. His clinical interests focus on minimally invasive and complex spine surgery.
A former President of the MI Association of Neurological Surgeons (MANS), Dr Perez-Cruet has also been a long-time active member of the Council of State Neurosurgical Society (CSNS) as a Michigan delegate. As an innovator and inventor, he has multiple patents focusing on minimally invasive spine surgery.
Dr. Perez-Cruet and a team of surgeons developed the first top-loading percutaneous pedicle screw system (Pathfinder, Spine Concepts, Austin, TX).
He developed and patented the Thompson MIS line of products including the One-Step-Dilator, BoneBac Press, and Bonebac TLIF System. His textbooks (Thieme Publishing Inc.); “Outpatient Spine Surgery”, “Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion: Techniques and Operative Nuances”, “Anatomical Approach to Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (1st and 2nd Ed.) are best sellers and represent the atlas to performing minimally invasive spine surgery.
His research interest includes stem cell-based intervertebral disc regeneration published in leading peer review journals.