Neurosurgery | Male | 62 years old
Seattle Neuroscience Institute
550 17th Ave Ste 240
Seattle, WA 98122
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David W. Newell was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 22, 1954. He was raised in Acton, Massachusetts and attended Acton-Boxboro regional high school. He received his undergraduate degree at Boston University in Biology in 1976. He then worked as a medical research assistant at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Dr George H.A. Clowes, Jr where he helped characterize circulatory factors that influenced proteolysis in septic patients and did post baccalaureate studies at Harvard Medical School. He obtained his medical degree from CaseWestern Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1982. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Washington in 1989 with Dr H Richard Winn, which included one year at Atkinson Morley's Hospital and St George's medical school in London, England. He was the Van Wagenen fellow in 1989 and spent 1 year at the University of Bern, in Bern Switzerland with professor Rune Aaslid developing a method to measure cerebral autoregulation non-invasively in humans using transcranial Doppler ultrasound.
Dr Newell's research interests have included mechanisms of regulation of cerebral blood flow and the use of ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders. He was the first neurosurgeon in the United States to perform research and publish results on the use of transcranial Doppler ultrasound in neurosurgical patients and helped introduce this technology in the United States as part of the care and treatment of patients with cerebral aneurysms. With colleagues Dr Joseph Eskridge and others, he published the first report of the use of cerebral angioplasty in the US for the treatment of symptomatic cerebral vasospasm after cerebral aneurysm rupture.
While at the University of Washington, Dr Newell directed a basic science laboratory and trained residents and fellows in research methods to study the mechanism of brain damage from stroke. He developed the hippocampal slice culture model for the study of ischemic brain damage and the prevention of neural death.
He was the recipient of multiple National Institutes of Health grants and awards including a clinician scientist investigator award, mid career investigator award, components of a program project in head injury and also a National Stroke Association award. He also served as the clinical principalinvestigator in the NIH funded, recently completed study of magnesium sulfate for neuroprotection after traumatic brain injury that was:published in the Lancet Neurology. He was awarded a grant from the Life Sciences Discovery Fund in Washington State from former governor Christine Gregoire to investigate thrombolysis of intracerebral hemorrhage using ultrasound catheters. He has published nearly 200 articles and chapters in medical journals and has edited 4 books. He is one of the original authors of the Guidelines for the Management of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury published by the Brain Trauma Foundation in the Journal of Neurotrauma, and surgical guidelines published in Neurosurgery.
He served on the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine for 15 years from 1989-2004. He was formerly acting Chief of Neurosurgery at Harborview Medical Center and a Professor of Neurological surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr Newell founded the first Stroke center in the Pacific Northwest at Harborview Medical Center.
Dr. Newell is the co-founder of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle Washington and maintains an active neurosurgical practice at Swedish Cherry Hill for the past 12 years
My goal is to provide the best patient experience to all my patients and work with them to achieve the best outcome possible for their condition
I have been fortunate to gain an extensive experience in surgical management of a lot of routine and very complex neurosurgical procedures. I have operated on over 1500 brain aneurysms and a large number of AVM's and carotid endarterectomies, and cerebral bypass procedures. I have also performed many microvascular decompressions for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm as well as glossopharyngeal neuralgia. I have performed thousands of lumbar and cervical disc surgeries and many simple and complex brain tumor operations. I make every effort to pass along the benefits of my operative and case management experience and after care to patients who need these services. Our staff makes every effort to have every one of our patients feel valued.
Extensive experience in
Cerebral Aneurysm clipping
Cavernous malformation removal
Extracranial to intracranial bypass
Brain tumor removal
Colloid cyst removal
Pituitary tumor removal
Spinal cord tumor removal
Cervical disc surgery
lumbar disc surgery
minimally invasive spine surgery
Gamma Knife and Cyberknife Radiosurgery
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Graduated in 1982
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