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Michael Muhonen, MD

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CHOC Children's Specialists - Neurological Surgery
1010 West La Veta Avenue, Suite 710
Orange, CA 92868
Speaks: English

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About Michael Muhonen

For more than 20 years, Dr. Muhonen’s research interests have included hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, traumatic head injuries, spina bifida, brain tumors, Moyamoya disease, and vascular malformations of the brain. Dr. Muhonen served as primary investigator for the clinical trials of Medtronic’s Strata Valve, a medical device used to treat hydrocephalus. He led the CHOC research effort on the intrathecal baclofen pump for treatment of spasticity and dystonia of cerebral origin. Dr. Muhonen is also involved in clinical research projects studying the outcomes of hydrocephalus treated with different shunting devices and cerebral injury in children who are victims of child abuse.

An internationally recognized expert in neurosurgery, Dr. Muhonen has published more than 20 original manuscripts and book chapters, and has made more than 100 national and international presentations on various pediatric neurosurgical topics. He has coauthored chapters in the texts Neurosurgical Aspects of Pregnancy for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Principles of Surgery for Lippinott-Raven, Pediatric Neurosurgery and Surgery of the Developing Nervous System for W.B. Saunders Co.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Muhonen is board certified in neurosurgery. He served as an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals. He completed his residency at the same institution after attending medical school at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Medical School

Oral Roberts University


University of Iowa


University of Iowa

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery
CHOC Children's Specialists - Neurological Surgery
1010 West La Veta Avenue, Suite 710
Orange, CA 92868
Affiliated Locations

St. Jude Medical Center
St. Joseph Hospital, Orange