Michael Gaub poses for his staff photo.

Michael Gaub, MD



Undergraduate (BS in Biochemistry) - Arizona State University, 2008-2013

Medical School

Medical School (MD) - University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, 2016-2020

Graduate School

Residency (Neurological Surgery) - University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, 2020-present

Professional Interests

Research interests: Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurocritical Care, Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery

Dr. Gaub is interested in the treatment and outcomes of neurosurgical patients with head injuries and sustained neurologic deficit. In the acute period, this involves a clinical-research focus on initial neurosurgical and critical/intensive care management strategies as well as a basic-science research focus on the development of pharmacologic agents that attenuate the injurious host response to neuronal injury. Additionally, Dr. Gaub is interested in exploring the expanding role of functional neurosurgical techniques in the long term care of patients with neurologic deficits following traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injury and Secondary Inflammatory Cascade
– As a medical student, Dr. Gaub performed basic science research on traumatic brain injury in the lab of Todd Vanderah, PhD. Work focused on the role of Angiotensin 1-7, a heptapeptide byproduct of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects in other models of disease, as a potential neuroprotective agent limiting secondary collateral injury in TBI.
– Received medical student specific funding through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Short-Term Fellowship
– Angiotensin-(1-7) Improves Cognitive Function and Reduces Inflammation in Mice Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Oral Presentation, Western Medical Research Conference (WMRC), Carmel, CA; January 2019

Vascular Neurosurgery for Intracranial Aneurysms
– Conducted clinical retrospective research as a medical student with neurosurgeon Travis Dumont, MD with a focus on national treatment trends for unruptured intracranial aneurysms using the HCUP-NIS database.
– 1) Evolution of Open Surgery for Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms – Less Cases, Increased Difficulty, More Morbidity. Oral Presentation, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA: April 2019. 2) Unique Risk Factors Predict Stroke and Death after Open Versus Endovascular Intervention for Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysm. Poster, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA: April 2019. 3) Patients Taking an Antithrombotic Medication Less Frequently Present with Ruptured Aneurysms. Poster, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Conference: October 2019.

Stoneking L, Gaub M, Fiorello A, Denninghoff K, et al. “Physician Documentation of Sepsis Syndrome is Associated with More Aggressive Treatment” Western Journal of Emergency Medicine; 2015;16(3): PMID: 25987914

Nisson P, Gaub M, Weinand M, Anton R, et al. “Peripheral White Blood Cell Count as a Screening Tool for Cerebral Spinal Fluid Infection in Patients with an External Ventricular Drain”. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. PMID: 31266718

Professional Affiliations

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society (AOA) Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) – Member, CNS Residents Committee American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) American College of Surgeons (ACS) American Medical Association (AMA)

Awards & Accomplishments

2019-2020: University of Arizona College of Medicine Class of 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award 2019-2020: Harvey William “Bill” Buchsbaum Outstanding Student Award for Neurology (UACOM-T) 2019-2020: Outstanding Senior Student in Surgery Award (UACOM-T) 2019-2020: Medical Student of the Year, Arizona Chapter – American College of Physicians 2019-2020: First Place – Medical Student Doctor’s Dilemma Competition, Arizona ACP Annual Meeting 2018-present: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society, Member 2016-2017: NIH Short-Term Fellowship, Medical Student Research Program 2008-2012: Arizona State University Dean’s List 2008-2012: Provost Scholarship recipient