Dr. David Newell, MD

Dr. David Newell, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
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Age 64
Dr. David Newell, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Seattle, WA and has been practicing for 28 years. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine in 1982 and specializes in neurosurgery, neurological spine surgery, and more.Read his story

550 17th Ave Ste 240

Seattle, WA 98122

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Chiari's Deformity
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more than 98% of peers
Cerebrovascular Disease
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more than 90% of peers
Brain Aneurysm
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more than 87% of peers

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Dr. Newell's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Newell "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"
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Newell "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"

3  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurovascular Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

58  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • 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
  • Spondylosis
  • 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
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34  Procedures

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  • Boston University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • Harvard University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1978
  • Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1982
  • University Washington Affil Hosps
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1983
  • University Of Washington
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • University Of Bern / Medical Faculty
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. David Newell, MD
I had major issues with my back. I had had surgery in 2008 and had developed new problems. Dr. Newel correctly diagnosed the issues involved and performed corrective surgery. He and his staff were very professional, answering question and showing true concern for my issues. His explanations of...Read More
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KJ Larson in Sequim – Jun 14, 2018
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Dr Newell is an outstanding physician. He saved our daughter life. She has a very complex brain disease and he performed an amazing surgery. He very kind and very compassionate. His outlook on the future is what really kept our family together during this very troubling time. I cannot Thank him...Read More
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Seattle, WA – May 05, 2017
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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...Read More
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Ann in Id – Mar 15, 2017
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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...Read More
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Manjula Iyer in Bothell, WA – Dec 30, 2016
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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...Read More
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Laura Miller in Puyallup, WA – Apr 29, 2016
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