Dr. Daniel F. Kelly, MD

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Neurosurgery | Male

Brain Tumor Center at John Wayne Cancer Institute 2200 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 Get Directions
(310) 582-7450

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Dr. Daniel Kelly is Director of the Brain Tumor Center at Saint John?s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He is a board certified neurosurgeon and internationally recognized in the field of minimally invasive endonasal and transcranial surgery for brain tumors, skull base tumors and pituitary adenomas. He has published extensively on surgical outcomes, patient satisfaction and complication avoidance for these disorders. The Brain Tumor Center provides comprehensive care for patients with all brain tumor types including primary brain tumors (astrocytoma, glioma, chordoma, craniopharyngioma, meningioma, schwannoma), metastatic brain tumors, and pituitary tumors (acromegaly, Cushing?s disease, prolactinoma, non-functional adenomas, Rathke?s cleft cyst). With our colleagues in Endocrinology, Oncology, Radiation-Oncology, Head & Neck Surgery, Neurology and Neuro-Ophthalmology, we provide a multidisciplinary treatment approach. In conjunction with the John Wayne Cancer Institute (www.jwci.org), the Brain Tumor Center also conducts fellowship training in minimally invasive neurosurgery, research in brain tumor biomarkers, quality of life assessments and clinical trials, as well as sponsors a bimonthly patient support group. The Brain Tumor Center at Saint John?s Health Center serves the Los Angeles region and beyond. Please see our website for additional information: www.brain-tumor.org.Read more

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based on 38 total surveys (7 with reviews)
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in Anchorage, AK |
Dr. Kelly is a true professional as is Dr. Griffiths, this team of doctors are and were my true gift life. I think god every day that husband found Dr. Kelly on You Tube of all places. We rated Dr. Kelly on Best Doctors, and had I surgery less than a month later. Dr. Kelly and his team are the best in world, and I was lucky to have Dr. Kelly do my surgery. 5 years after surgery and I doing great thanks to Dr. Kelly, Dr. Griffiths and their brilliant surgical team and skills. Thx A.Antonelli
in Cathlamet, WA |
Dr Kelly, his staff and especially Sharmyn McGraw are AMAZING!!! I don' know how I would have made it through the surgery and especially the recovery w/o Sharmyn!!! Dr. Kelly is brilliant, kind, sympathetic and empathetic. There are none better!!!!
in Fullerton, CA |
Dr. Kelly is very competent, professional and nice. His team handled my evaluation quickly and in a week did surgery to remove a macro adenoma. I owe him my vision and my life.
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Dr. Kelly, Dr. Griffiths and his staff performed a brain surgery on me and his whole team were fantastic, professional, highly skilled, qualified and caring. They are amazing.
in Northridge, CA |
Dr. Kelly and his associates Dr. Barkhourdarian and Dr. Sivakumarw are the very best! They are very generous with their time and offer complete explanations for any questions and/or test results which need to be discussed. They are a great team and I would highly recommend them.
in Santa Monica, CA |
Dr. Kelly is a brilliant and kind neurosurgeon who is a consummate professional. I would highly recommend Dr. Kelly and his team of professionals.
in Ventura, CA |
Dr Kelly and his associate Dr Walavan Sivakumar and the entire team were unbelievable. Their knowledge, compassion and ability to be such wonderful people far surpasses anything we have ever seen. This was my husbands 3rd brain surgery and we are happy to report that all is well. His first 2 were done other places. We both have worked in another hospital for 30 years and we were beyond impressed and well cared for.
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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Lesion
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Cushing's Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Fracture
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic Tumors (Brain)
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rathke's Cleft Cyst
  • Schwannoma
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

Procedures Performed

  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • CyberKnife®, Cranial (Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Cranial) incl. Gamma Knife and LINAC Photon Beam
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Microsurgery of Brain Tumors
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Transphenoidal Surgery
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for California.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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  • 0
    Board Actions

    No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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Education

  • Medical School
    Georgetown University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1986

  • Internship Hospital
    St. Vincents Hospital-Manhattan

    Completed in 1987

  • Residency Hospital
    George Washington University Hospital

    Completed in 1993

  • Undergraduate School
    Claremont McKenna College

    Graduated in 1982

Awards & Recognition

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Kelly's Care Philosophy

Dr. Daniel Kelly is Director of the Brain Tumor Center at Saint John?s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He is a board certified neurosurgeon and internationally recognized in the field of minimally invasive endonasal and transcranial surgery for brain tumors, skull base tumors and pituitary adenomas. He has published extensively on surgical outcomes, patient satisfaction and complication avoidance for these disorders. The Brain Tumor Center provides comprehensive care for patients with all brain tumor types including primary brain tumors (astrocytoma, glioma, chordoma, craniopharyngioma, meningioma, schwannoma), metastatic brain tumors, and pituitary tumors (acromegaly, Cushing?s disease, prolactinoma, non-functional adenomas, Rathke?s cleft cyst). With our colleagues in Endocrinology, Oncology, Radiation-Oncology, Head & Neck Surgery, Neurology and Neuro-Ophthalmology, we provide a multidisciplinary treatment approach. In conjunction with the John Wayne Cancer Institute (www.jwci.org), the Brain Tumor Center also conducts fellowship training in minimally invasive neurosurgery, research in brain tumor biomarkers, quality of life assessments and clinical trials, as well as sponsors a bimonthly patient support group. The Brain Tumor Center at Saint John?s Health Center serves the Los Angeles region and beyond. Please see our website for additional information: www.brain-tumor.org.