Dr. Tom  Mikkelsen

Dr. Tom Mikkelsen

Address: 1 Ford Pace, Detroit, Michigan, 48202, United States, Wayne State University

Gender: Male

Type of Professional: Neurologist

Associated Healthcare Provider: Henry Ford Hospital

Languages Spoken: English

More than 32 Years of experience

About the Doctor / Professional

Biographical Statement:

Internationally recognized in the neuro-oncology and precision medicine areas, Dr. Mikkelsen received his MD from the University of Calgary, Canada and completed clinical training in neurology at the Montreal Neurologic Institute. Following this, he did post-doctoral training in brain tumor cellular and molecular biology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Montreal and then in La Jolla, California. 


The internet age has been empowering for many patients dealing with a new diagnosis of a brain tumor. However, there is way too much unfiltered content and it takes a real multidisciplinary team to partner with a patient and their family to formulate the best plan of care. We have access to many novel and innovative approaches to treatment to compliment current state-of-the-art treatment. The goal, of course, is to maximize the quality of a person's life, despite the challenges. This means emotionally, mentally and physically. I pride myself on engaging a patient, the team and moving ahead in the most promising way possible.

Research Interests

Hermelin Brain Tumor Bank and Personalized Brain Tumor Therapy: HBTC is a leader in the understanding of the genetics of brain tumors, and in the development of therapies matched to each patient's brain tumor genetics for the best chance at recovery. The Center is a major contributor to The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) - a national cooperative of major academic medical centers sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, responsible for identifying certain survival-related genes. The data generated from the TCGA and the 1000 tumor tissues in the tumor bank are a major resource for each of the HBTC's research laboratories. HBTC resources constitute some 40% of resources in the national TCGA program.

Brain Tumor Neuro-imaging: Dr. Mikkelsen's laboratory has collaborated extensively with small animal imaging, clinical neuroradiology, and image analysis for pre-clinical and clinical brain tumor studies, primarily using perfusion CT and multiple MRI techniques. The long-term goal is to validate imaging biomarkers as measures of therapeutic response toward targeted therapies.

Dr. Mikkelsen works closely with Dr. Tobias Walbert and Dr. Jim Snyder, neuro-oncology colleagues, with clinical research interests focus on outcomes research.