Dr. Daniel Kelly, MD

Dr. Daniel Kelly, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 58
Dr. Daniel Kelly, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Santa Monica, CA. He is 58 years old and has been practicing for 31 years. Dr. Kelly is affiliated with Providence Saint John's Health Center.

2200 Santa Monica Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90404

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very high
more than 98% of peers
Traumatic Brain Injury
very high
more than 95% of peers
Subdural Hemorrhage
very high
more than 92% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kelly "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."


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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Lesion
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Cranial Trauma
  • 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
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • 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
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Microsurgery of Brain Tumors
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Transphenoidal Surgery
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

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

0 Board Actions

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


  • Claremont McKenna College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1986
  • St. Vincents Hospital-Manhattan
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1987
  • George Washington University Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kelly's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kelly to family and friends
based on 41 total reviews (10 with comments)
Dr. Kelly's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
in Portland, OR |
Dr. Kelly and Dr. Griffiths helped to develop endoscopic pituitary surgery and have assembled one of the best teams available for this type of surgery. Dr. Kelly was able to remove 100 percent of the tumor. My post op recovery was quick and nearly painless. Six weeks after the operation my pituitary function is nearly fully restored.
Monrovia, CA |
Dr. Daniel Kelly and his excellent team took care of my father for over a decade. My father Mr.W was first diagnosed with a Grade II atypical meningioma when I was in middle school. He required multiple surgeries to remove the recurrent tumor over the course of eleven years. Dr. Kelly has been with my family every step of the way. Dr. Kelly is not only a brilliant and talented surgeon who gave my father’s life back (not once, but three times) but also a truly understanding and patient doctor.
in Los Angeles, CA |
Dr. Kelly, Dr. Barkhoudarian, Dr. Sivakumar, Dr. Griffiths and their entire team are beyond amazing. They are calm, kind, extremely compassionate and highly skilled in what they do. I had been to some of the top doctors on the east and west coast prior to finding Dr. Kelly. No one compared to him and his associates. I am forever grateful to have found them and forever thankful for their amazing work.
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.
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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2121 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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