Dr. David W. Newell, MD

Dr. David W. Newell, MD


Neurosurgery | Male | 62 years old

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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 conditionRead more

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David W. Newell was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 22, 1954. He was raised in Acton, Massachusetts and...Read more

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in Id |
Dr. Newell performed a MVD on me for TN 8 weeks ago and from the moment i woke up i have been pain free. He is the kindess Dr. I have ever met. I highly recommend him if you need brain surgery. His office is very helpful and quik to respond to questions or concens. Thank you Dr. Newell for giving me my life back. Ann
in Bothell, WA |
Dr. Newell is an amazing surgeon. He has a great bedside manner and makes you feel at ease even while delivering a tough diagnosis. You know you are in good hands when Dr. Newell is your neurosurgeon. He treated a family member for an AVM by performing a radio-surgery and was able to predict every step of the recovery process with great accuracy. Thank you, Dr. Newell. The world needs more doctors like you.
in Puyallup, WA |
Dr Newell performed an MVD on me in December 2015. I was in constant pain and the last year was unbearable. Although I am suffering from double vision now the surgery was a total success. No more pain. Dr Newell explained the procedure and his staff is incredible. Highly recommend to anyone suffering from trigeminal neuralgia.
in Seattle, WA |
He did a C6/C7 fusion. I have no residual pain and was snowboarding and surfing within 6 months. He explained things really well. He was patient when I tried to resist surgery and explained how critical it was (fluid was pressing on my spine and making my leg buckle periodically - could have caused paralysis). He said he had done the procedure 2500 times. Talk about feeling confident. I would highly recommend him.
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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

Dr. Newell's Care Philosophy

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

Dr. Newell says...

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.

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Extensive experience in

Cerebrovascular surgery

Cerebral Aneurysm clipping

AVM removal

Cavernous malformation removal

Carotid Endarterectomy

Extracranial to intracranial bypass

Brain tumor removal

Colloid cyst removal

Meningioma removal

Pituitary tumor removal

Spinal cord tumor removal

Cervical disc surgery

lumbar disc surgery

minimally invasive spine surgery

spinal stenosis

ventriculoperitoneal shunt

Gamma Knife and Cyberknife Radiosurgery

Dr. Newell's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Washington not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Malformations of the Brain
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


  • Medical School
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1982

  • Internship Hospital
    University Washington Affil Hosps

    Completed in 1983

  • Residency Hospital
    University of Washington

    Completed in 1989

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University of Bern / Medical Faculty

    Completed in 1990

  • Undergraduate School
    Boston University

    Graduated in 1976

    Harvard University

    Graduated in 1978

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurovascular Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniotomy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Repair
  • Intracranial Vessel Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Microneurovascular Surgery
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Repair Intracranial Aneurysm
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stenting, Intracranial Vessels
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Tumor Resection
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization