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Arthur L. Day, M.D.

Dr Art Day profileNeurosurgeon

Vice Chair, Program Director and Director of Clinical Education in Neurosurgery
Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute
Professor of Neurosurgery
The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery
John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School


Arthur L. Day, M.D., is a fellowship trained and board certified neurosurgeon with specific expertise in cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery. He also specializes in microsurgical treatments of brain tumors and minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Dr. Day was awarded his medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, La. He completed his internship training in Birmingham, Alabama, and subsequently completed his neurological surgery residency and fellowship in brain tumor immunology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla.

Before joining the Mischer Neuroscience Institute and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Dr. Day practiced at the University of Florida for 25 years, ultimately rising to the positions of professor, co-chairman and program director of the department of Neurosurgery. In 2002, he moved to Boston to assume a position as a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School with a clinical practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

While there, he served as the associate chair and residency program director of the department of Neurological Surgery at Brigham and Women’s and Children’s Hospital Boston. Later, he was the chairman of the department, and was also the director of the cerebrovascular center and the neurologic sports injury center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Day has held leadership positions in many medical professional societies, and received numerous awards and honors, including the Medal of Honor from the Neurosurgical Society of America (NSA), the Founders’ Laurel Award from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons for his "exceptional service, lifelong dedication, and meritorious accomplishments in the field of medical education", and the Harvey Cushing Medal from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) for his many years of outstanding leadership, dedication and contributions to the field of Neurosurgery.

In 2011, he was appointed as president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons. He has also been named multiple times to the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Day has published nearly 170 journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited a book about neurological sports injuries.

Dr. Day has also been recognized for exemplary teaching to medical students, residents and graduate students with the 2016 McGovern Medical School Dean's Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Day’s special clinical interests include:

  • Stroke and carotid artery disease
  • Brain aneurysms
  • Vascular malformations of the brain and spinal cord
  • Skull base tumors, especially meningiomas and schwannomas
  • Orbital tumors, pituitary adenomas and craniopharyngiomas
  • Microsurgical treatment of all types of brain tumors
  • Trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Sports related neurological injuries