Michael J. Cross, MD, FACS

Michael J. Cross M.D., F.A.C.S. is a surgical oncologist at Highlands Oncology focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR and his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He completed a fellowship in surgical oncology of the breast at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He also completed a five-year surgical residency program at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. 

He is the Surgical Director of The Arkansas Breast Cancer Specialists, which recently received a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (awarded under the direction of the American College of Surgeons). Dr. Cross also serves as a Co-Director of the School of Oncoplastic Surgery (“SOS”) together with Gail Lebovic, M.D., Founder and Director of the SOS. The SOS teaches a core curriculum of oncoplastic surgical techniques for surgeons across the United States and the world. Locally, Dr. Cross has served on numerous committees and boards for various breast cancer foundations and institutes and was previously appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee to the Oversight Committee for Breast Cancer Research in the State of Arkansas. 

Dr. Cross is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, past Board Member for the American Society of Breast Disease and has held past positions with the former American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. He previously taught as an instructor for the American College of Surgeons Breast Ultrasound Division and has been certified in Breast Ultrasound since 2003 by the American Society of Breast Surgeons. 

Dr. Cross is currently one of the leading researchers pioneering the use of the BioZorb® device in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer. He has written and co-written numerous articles for peer reviewed journals on issues pertaining to his practice, including “Impact of a Novel Bioabsorbable Implant on Radiation Treatment Planning for Breast Cancer” published in the World Journal of Surgery vol 41, issue 2, Feb 2017, pages 464-471. He has been a Principle Investigator for the NSABP-32 trial, 1998, P2-Star trial (Tamoxifen vs. Raloxifene), and the ACOSOG Z-10 and Z-11 trial that started in 2002. Since 2012, he has conducted research on the use of the Biozorb® implantable device that allows for hypo-fractionation of radiation to the breast, leading to less overall radiation. The Biozorb® implantable device also shortens the amount of overall time spent delivering radiation for early-stage breast cancer. 

Dr. Cross was born and raised in the State of Arkansas and has spent his whole medical career researching breast cancer and educating surgeons and other medical professionals on breast cancer treatment practices.