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Daniel F. Kelly, M.D.

Languages: English, Spanish
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Daniel Kelly is John Wayne Cancer Institute Professor of Neuroscience & Neurosurgery and Director of the Brain Tumor Center & Pituitary Disorders Program at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He is internationally recognized for his contributions in the field of minimally invasive neurosurgery and neuro-endoscopy. His clinical practice is devoted to the treatment of patients with all types of brain, pituitary and skull base tumors with a focus on endoscopic pituitary surgery and keyhole removal of brain and skull base tumors. The most common tumor types he treats are pituitary adenomas, meningiomas, gliomas, craniopharyngiomas, clival chordomas, schwannomas and metastatic brain tumors. His research interests include advancing minimally invasive surgical techniques, quality of life studies after brain tumor removal, post-operative and post-traumatic pituitary hormonal recovery as well as genetic profiling studies of brain tumors and pituitary adenomas. Dr. Kelly has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and 25 book chapters. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and Pituitary Society. He is on the editorial boards of the journals Neurosurgery and World Neurosurgery. He is active in fostering neurosurgical training in developing countries and is Vice Chair of the Foundation for International Education in Neurological Surgery (FIENS). Dr. Kelly graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1982 and from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1986. He completed neurosurgical training in 1993 at George Washington University Medical Center and then joined the UCLA Division of Neurosurgery. In 1998 he became director of the UCLA Pituitary Tumor and Neuro-endocrine Program. He was Professor of Neurosurgery and Vice-Chief of the UCLA Division of Neurosurgery until 2007 when he joined John Wayne Cancer Institute and Saint John's Health Center. Dr. Kelly currently focuses his efforts on providing safe and effective treatments for patients with brain, pituitary and skull base tumors, fellowship training in minimally invasive neurosurgery, research to advance the fields of neuro-oncology and keyhole neurosurgery, and promoting patient and community education in the neurosciences.
Georgetown University School Of Medicine, Washington, DC
Medical School
St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan, New York, NY
George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Abscess Central Nervous System
  • Acoustic Neurofibromatosis
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Astrocytoma Tumors
  • Base Of Skull Tumors
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Brain
  • Bone Growth Stimulator
  • Bone Tumor
  • Brachial Nerve Tumors
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Chiari Decompression
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Choroid Plexus Tumor
  • Clipping Of Brain Aneurysm
  • Cns Lymphoma
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Compression Fracture
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniotomy
  • Cushing Disease
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Endonasal Transsphenoidal Approach
  • Endovascular Coiling Of Aneurysm
  • Ependymoma
  • Epidermoid Cysts
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Facet Injection
  • Facial Spasm
  • Glioma
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniation Syndrome
  • Injury To Brain
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Drain
  • Lumboperitoneal Shunt Placement
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Malignant Brain Neoplasm
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Brain Stem
  • Meningioma
  • Meningitis
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuroablation
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Olfactory Neuroblastoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Peripheral Nerve Tumors
  • Peripheral Schwannoma
  • Pineal Tumor
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Pituitary Disorders
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Prolactinoma
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Rathke's Cleft Cysts
  • Resection Of Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Rothke Cleft Cysts
  • Sciatica
  • Sinonasal Carcinoma
  • Skull Base Approach
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Meningioma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Standard Transphenoidal Approach
  • Stereotactic Brain Biopsy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Trigeminal Nerve Disease
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Ultrasound Steroid Injection Of The Spine
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulator
  • Ventriculo Peritoneal Shunt
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease
Pacific Neuroscience Institute
2125 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Affiliated Facilities
Providence Saint John's Health Center
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance