Daniel M. Hafez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Specialities

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery
  • Rapid recovery spine surgery

Education

BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
2004-2007

MD, Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois
2014

PhD, Neuroscience, Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois
2012

Residency

Resident, Neurological Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri
2014-2021

Fellowship

Complex Deformity and Minimally Invasive Spine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2021-2022


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