Dr. Daniel Nehls, MD

Dr. Daniel Nehls, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
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63 y/o

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Dr. Daniel Nehls, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Tacoma, WA and has been practicing for 38 years. He specializes in neurosurgery.

Franciscan Neurology Associates at St. Joseph

1608 S J St Fl 5

Tacoma, WA 98405
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  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Medicaid

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more than 83% of peers
Spinal Fusion
more than 69% of peers
Herniated Disc
more than 68% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Nehls "Daniel G. Nehls, MD, FACS, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who has been treating patients in Tacoma with disorders of the brain, spine and spinal cord since 1993.Dr. Nehls has special expertise in disorders of the cervical spine (neck). In 2007, he was the first surgeon in the region to implant the Prestige artificial cervical disc, and he teaches other surgeons how to use the Prodisc-C artificial disc. Dr. Nehls also treats lumbar disorders (low back), and favors a minimally invasive approach. Dr. Nehls has extensive experience treating brain and pituitary tumors. His other interests include vascular disorders and trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Nehls is a Clinical Full Professor at the University of Washington."

1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

23  Conditions Treated

  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Head and Neck Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Pituitary Disease
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis

19  Procedures

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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  • Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1980
  • Walter Reed AMC
    Internship Hospital | Completed
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Charles Elsbgerg Fellowship in Neurological Surgery, 1986
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Daniel Nehls, MD
Dr. Nehls performed a lamenectomy and fusion of cervical vertebrae C-3 through C-7. It corrected the numbness and tingling in my right arm. I was also impressed with the follow up care and attention I received by him and his office staff. I see a neurologist for another condition I have. He...Read More
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John Sanders in Clarksville – Apr 27, 2018
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Dr. Nehls did my lumbar surgery in 2003. It's 2018 and still holding up! My recovery was fast and the work was superb. I went from hardly able to walk to being a marathon runner. I recommend him to anyone who needs this surgery done. Also, unlike other docs, he doesn't push for surgery as the first...Read More
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Feb 20, 2018
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I was never informed of the outcome of my surgery, his nurse explained it to me, and he never came to see me before I was released from the hospital, and I am way worse off then before the surgery, I would have NEVER had it done had I know the outcome! I went back after he released me, and was...Read More
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Tacoma, WA – Mar 09, 2017
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My appointment with Dr. Nehls was the worst experience I've ever had. His nurses were great but they were all frantically trying to get things ready because as they kept saying, he wanted to leave as soon as the appointment was over. I took two hours off of work, and an hour car ride in...Read More
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Dec 04, 2016
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Dr. Nehls is probably the best doctor I have ever seen. I'm almost 6 months post op from a laminectony (done by a different doctor), and I've had more pain ever since. Dr. Nehls explained to me what was wrong. My old doctor said "nothing is wrong with you". This is the first time in six months that...Read More
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Tacoma, WA – Sep 22, 2016
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