Published on September 01, 2020

Neurosurgeons Join Firelands Physician Group

(September 1, 2020 – Sandusky, Ohio) Firelands Regional Health System is pleased to announce that Dale E. Braun, M.D. and Daniel P. Elskens, M.D., have joined the Firelands Physician Group, bringing years of invaluable neurosurgery experience to the health system.

Drs. Braun and Elskens are both fellows of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. They enjoy the full spectrum of neurosurgery from brain tumors, trauma, spinal and peripheral nerve disorders. In addition, they are proud to bring cutting edge minimally invasive reconstructive spine surgery and motion preservation spine surgery to Northern Ohio. They utilize 3-dimensional modeling for guidance, enabling them to perform traditionally large surgeries through percutaneous and small tubular retractor approaches. This minimizes trauma to the tissues with lower infection or bleeding risks, less down time and a fuller recovery.

This process allows Drs. Braun and Elskens to offer surgical approaches to patients that historically were not candidates for surgical care. They approach spine from behind, the side or in front as needed in order to maximize the outcome. In addition, a major thrust is motion preservation with the use of artificial disks in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower spine). By preserving motion, they maximize recovery while reducing the need for further surgeries down the road. Many surgeons in Ohio perform a component of these procedures, but currently, Drs. Braun and Elskens believed to be the only surgeons combining these approaches to maximize the benefit of their patients.

Dale E. Braun, M.D. has practiced neurosurgery for nearly 40 years. He is certified by the American Board of Neurosurgeons, and earned his medical degree at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Braun completed his neurosurgical residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Maryland, and received his spine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. In 2005, he moved his private practice from Cleveland to Sandusky, and has since been providing neurosurgical services to Sandusky and neighboring communities.

Daniel P. Elskens, M.D. is a general neurosurgeon who is certified by the American Board of Neurosurgeons. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed his neurosurgery residency at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Additionally, he completed a pediatric neurosurgery externship at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Elskens is an active member of the North American Spine Society, the premier repository of spine information in the world. In 2018, Dr. Elskens moved his practice from Detroit, Michigan to Sandusky to join Dr. Braun.

Dr. Braun and Dr. Elskens’ practice is located at 703 Tyler Street on Firelands Main Campus in Sandusky. To schedule an appointment, patients may call 419-502-8001.

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