Dr. Daniel Kelly, MD

Dr. Daniel Kelly, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 58
Dr. Daniel Kelly, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has been practicing for 25 years. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine in 1986 and specializes in neurosurgery.

2125 Arizona Ave

Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Top Care Areas

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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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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

63  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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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18  Procedures

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
43 total reviews (11 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (43)

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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 (11)

I just had Neurosurgery with Dr. Kelly and his whole team at PNI. I honestly wish that I was afforded the opportunity to provide more than 5 stars. I cannot say enough about how I was treated by Dr. Kelly, Dr. Griffiths, their team of doctors and nurses and the whole Providence St. Johns...more
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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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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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...more
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