Daniel M.  Hafez, MD, PhD

Daniel M. Hafez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Associate Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency


  • Minimally invasive spine surgery (Degenerative and deformity spine)
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery
  • Rapid recovery spine surgery
  • Robotic / Augmented Reality – assisted spine surgery
  • Endoscopic spine surgery
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Spinal stenosis

Call 314-362-3577 for Patient Appointments


BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois

MD, Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois

PhD, Neuroscience, Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois


Resident, Neurological Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri


Complex Deformity and Minimally Invasive Spine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Research focus

  • Neuroprotection for traumatic spinal injuries
  • Axonal degeneration following spine or nerve injury
  • Degenerative cervical myelopathy

Honors and leadership roles

  • Department of Neurosurgery Quality Improvement Project Award, Washington University, 2019
  • Department of Neurosurgery Resident Mentor Award, Washington University, 2018
  • Neurosurgical Resident Clinical Excellence Award, Washington University, 2017
  • AOA, Delta Chapter, Junior year, 2013
  • National MD/PhD Student Conference Travel Award, 2010
  • Poster Presentation, First place, RFUMS All-School Research Consortium, 2010
  • Distinction in MCB, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 2007
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, 2004
  • Dean’s List, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 2004-2007

Hospital appointments

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
St. Louis Children’s Hospital