Daniel P. Elskens, MD


Patient Rating
4.8 / 5 (Based on 48 Reviews)

Call 419-502-8001

Accepting new patients.

  • 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. 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 of 2018, 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.


  • Neurosurgery

    703 Tyler Street Suite 350 Sandusky, OH 44870

    Main: 419-502-8001
    Fax: 419-502-8324






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

Provider Review Comments

Patient Rating
4.8 / 5 (Based on 48 Reviews)
March 11, 2022
*Dr. Elskens was very thorough explaining what he wanted to do.
February 24, 2022
*Dr. Elskens was very informative and addressed all my concerns with compassion and honesty.
January 01, 2022
I have recommended him to friends.
October 08, 2021
By the time I left I felt very comfortable. I trust this doctor. I have recommended him to a friend.
August 31, 2021
This was my first time meeting *Dr. Elskens so I may be reading him wrong. He seemed to move a little too fast through explanations at times. Thorough, but did not give me time to process it all.
August 27, 2021
Dr. explained things in a way I understood and had a great bedside manner.
July 19, 2021
*Dr. Elskens spent the time to do a thorough physical exam, went over my x-rays & MRI, explained what he was showing me & what it meant. Went over treatment options, pros & cons and made sure I had no questions/concerns before I left.
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