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Shirley McCartney Ph.D.

  • (503) 494-4314
    • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine
    • Director of Clinical Research Neurological Surgery School of Medicine
    • Editor Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Shirley was born and raised in the town of Rutherglen, Scotland, and obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biology (Microbiology) at Glasgow College of Technology (now Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland) and a Ph.D. at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In 1992 she moved to the United States to do post-doctoral training at the Vollum institute, Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU), Portland, Ore.

Dr. McCartney joined the OHSU Department of Neurological Surgery, in 1997 as a research assistant and in 2001 was appointed to senior research assistant. She was appointed to the faculty as an instructor in 2003, an assistant professor in 2004, and associate professor in 2014.

Dr. McCartney collaborates with Dr. Kim Burchiel on trigeminal neuralgia research and a diagnostic artificial network for facial pain, and Drs. Maria Fleseriu and Chris Yedinak on neuroendocrine clinical research.

Her responsibilities as an educator include teaching and directing faculty and staff of the Department of Neurological Surgery, on OHSU institutional review board policies, clinical trial management, and academic publishing ethics.

Dr. McCartney, currently serves as director of neurological surgery clinical research (clinical trials and investigator initiated clinical research). She also edits, manages and administers clinical and academic publishing material. 

Dr. McCartney is a Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido 5th Dan, and has been teaching and training Ki principles and aikido for over 30 years.

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  • B.S., Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow 1986
  • Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, St Andrews 1992


  • "Destructive procedures for control of cancer pain" Journal of Neurosurgery January 2011
  • "Polycystic ovarian syndrome and Cushing's syndrome" European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology  2014
  • "Pituitary Disorders - Specific Issues for Women"  March 8 2013
  • "A new era of cushing disease therapeutics" Acta Endocrinology January 2013
  • "Effects of a high-salt diet on hepatic atrial natriuretic peptide receptor expression in dahl salt-resistant and salt-sensitive rats" Journal of Hypertension  1993
  • "Pain relief after cervical ganglionectomy (C2 and C3) for the treatment of medically intractable occipital neuralgia" Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery March 2008
  • "Design of an artificial neural network for diagnosis of facial pain syndromes" Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery November 2006
  • "Response" Journal of Neurosurgery August 2013
  • "Cloning and characterization of A-kinase anchor protein 100 (AKAP 100)" Journal of Biological Chemistry April 21 1995
  • "Society of Neurological Surgeons boot camp courses" Journal of Neurosurgery September 2013
  • "Case Report" F1000Research July 25 2014
  • "Lesioning and stimulation in tremor-predominant movement disorder patients" Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery June 2012
  • "Characterisation of atrial natriuretic peptide receptors in bovine ventricular sarcolemma" Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications March 30 1990
  • "Management of chronic severe pain" Acta neurochirurgica. Supplement  2007
  • "Use of an artificial neural network for diagnosis of facial pain syndromes" Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery January 2014
  • "Analysis of a novel A-Kinase Anchoring Protein 100, (AKAP 100)" Biochemical Society Transactions  1995
  • "Trigeminal neuralgia occurs and recurs in the absence of neurovascular compression" Journal of Neurosurgery  2014
  • "Factors associated with career satisfaction and burnout among US neurosurgeons" Journal of Neurosurgery July 1 2015
  • "Recovery rate of adrenal function after surgery in patients with acromegaly is higher than in those with non-functioning pituitary tumors" Pituitary October 10 2015
  • "Dietary modulation of atrial natriuretic peptide receptors in liver plasma membranes isolated from Dahl salt-sensitive rats" Journal of Physiology  1992
  • "Localization of A-kinase through anchoring proteins" Molecular Endocrinology  1994
  • "Response" Journal of Neurosurgery October 1 2014
  • "Thalamotomy as a Treatment Option for Tremor after Ineffective Deep Brain Stimulation" Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery January 2013
  • "Surgical outcome and improvement in quality of life after microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasms" Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery November 2010
  • "A national fundamentals curriculum for neurosurgery PGY1 residents" Neurosurgery April 2012
  • "Long-term efficacy and safety of internal neurolysis for trigeminal neuralgia without neurovascular compression" Journal of Neurosurgery May 1 2015
  • "Accuracy of deep brain stimulation electrode placement using intraoperative computed tomography without microelectrode recording" Journal of Neurosurgery August 2013
  • "Career satisfaction and burnout among U.S. neurosurgeons" World Neurosurgery November 2013
  • "Management of chronic severe pain" Acta neurochirurgica. Supplement  2007
  • "Trigeminal neuralgia in young adults" Journal of Neurosurgery May 2011

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