Daniel P. Elskens, MD


  • Treating Patients on Firelands Virtual Care

I received my medical degree from the University of Michigan, where I also received my undergraduate degree. The program I attended was a fast-track, fully-funded experimental program they no longer offer. I loved it and was able to complete my undergraduate and medical degree in six years total. After that, I interned at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan.

Growing up in the 1970s, I watched the astronauts on television and I really wanted to be an astronaut. Unfortunately, I needed corrective lenses for poor vision and couldn’t become an astronaut, but I found out that the first non-pilot astronaut was a flight surgeon. That’s why I chose to become a doctor. At first, I thought I wanted to be an ER physician, but after my first rotation in neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital, I was hooked. I have always loved the brain and I love neurosurgery.

My family is from the Midwest and I attended school in the Midwest. I spent a small amount of time in Washington but wanted to come back to this region of the country. When I became a physician, I opened my first practice in Lafayette, Indiana, and then a few years later my partner and I came back to Detroit to practice. Ultimately, I like being in the Midwest because I like to be close to family and it is where I am from.

I’ve just joined Dr. Braun in practice in July, but I am already impressed by Firelands Regional Medical Center. Firelands is a wonderful example of a successful, independent healthcare system. That was really attractive to me. I like that Firelands provides a full complement of services, but the environment is still intimate enough for the physicians and care team to get to know each other well and easily collaborate on cases.







Medical School

University of Michigan Medical School - Ann Arbor, MI


Henry Ford Hospital - Detroit, MI

Professional Memberships

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society member of the Evidence Based Guidelines Committee 2012-2015
  • Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons

Honors, Awards, etc.

  • American Board of Neurosurgeons Certified – 1998 non time limited certification
  • First cortical screw, midline minimally invasive lumbar fusion in the State of Michigan
  • First single-level and two-level artificial cervical disks in the State of Michigan
  • First to use frameless neuronavigation for cranial and spinal surgery in the State of Michigan
  • First Anterior C1-2 stabilization in the State of Michigan
  • First outpatient lumbar discectomies and anterior cervical discectomies and fusions in the State of Michigan