Specializes in brain, spinal, and peripheral nerve surgery. Board Certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.
Phone: (903) 592-6000 – (866) 755-6472
Place & DOB:
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. August 8, 1942
University of Oklahoma School of Medicine
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
University Of Oklahoma Medical School – Straight Surgery
1968 – 1969
Neurological Surgery – University of Oklahoma
1969 – 1974
US Air Force
1974 – 1976
Chief of Neurosurgery at Clark Air Force Base
State of Oklahoma, 1968
State of Texas, 1976
(Texas license is on file at the Clerk’s office in the Smith County Courthouse, Tyler, Texas)
American Board of Neurological Surgery, April 1978
- Presbyterian Hospital Award (1968). Given annually to the outstanding senior medical student in surgery.
- Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society – Initiated 1968.
Memberships on Hospital Staffs:
- Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, Tyler, Texas
- Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas
- East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas
- Tyler Rehabilitation Hospital, Tyler, Texas
Membership in Medical Societies:
- North American Spine Society
- Fellow American Back Society
- Smith County Medical Society
- Texas Medical Association
- American Medical Association
- Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- Southern Association of Neurological Surgeons
- Served as Chief of Neurosurgical/Neurology Section – Mother Frances Hospital
- Served as Chief of Neurosurgical Section – East Texas Medical Center – Tyler
- Served as instructor for hands-on spine instrumentation workshops.
- Served as visiting professor at University of Texas at Tyler Communications Department.
- Served as instructor in graduate level seminar course on Communication & Medicine.
- Served on Medical Executive Committee for Tyler Rehabilitation Hospital
- Served on Advisory Board for Texas Back Institute and Biomedical Research
- Medical Director, Spine Care Associates
- President, NeuroCare Network
- Faculty member Medtronic/Sofamor Danek Endoscopic Spine Surgical Workshops
- Chief Clinical Investigator / Evaluator BAK Implants, Now FDA Approved
- Spine-Tech Corporation Began Dec.1993; FDA approval Sept. 1996; Post approval study ongoing.
- Trainer: BAK Implants – Spine Tech Corporation.
- Co-investigator, U.S. Surgical Ray Cage Study. Began June 1997. FDA approved.
- Chief Clinical Investigator, Medtronic/Sofamor Danek INTERFIX Systems.Began June 1995. FDA approval May 1999. Ongoing.
- Chief Clinical Investigator, Medtronic/Sofamor Danek with Recumbinant Bone Morphogenic Protein with the Use OF Novus LT Cage. Began August 1998. Ongoing.
- Chief Clinical Investigator, Stryker/Osteonics SAC (Stand Alone Cages) System.
- Spinal Concepts InFix (Autograft & Grafton DBM). Began June 1995. FDA approved May 1999. Ongoing.
- Principle Investigator for Prodisc artificial disc replacement study. Began October 2001. Ongoing.
- “Four Year Follow-up Results Of Lumbar Spine Arthrodesis Using the BAK Fusion Cage.” To be published in Spine, Nov. 2000.
- “Overview of Lumbar Surgeries for Therapists; Answering the Questions on Surgery Mechanics” East Texas District of Texas Physical Therapy Association. Tyler, Texas. September 14, 1996.
- “Outcome Study On Lumbar Fusion Procedures Using BAK Cages – Multi-Center Prospective Study” State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and BioMedical Sciences, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. March 14 – 18, 1998.
- “Outcome Results – Sulzer Spine Tech BAK” Stryker Howmedica Osteonics, Bordeaux, France. April 30, 1998.
- “Provocative Discography-Clinical Applications” and “New Technologies in Spinal Fusions – Personal Experience with Bone Morphogenic Protein Utilization” Barrow Neurological Institute, Banff, Alberta, Canada. January 8, 1999.
- “Initial Experience with Anterior Cage as Device in Lumbar Spine” Stryker Howmedica Osteonics, Salzberg, Austria. June 2 – 4, 1999.
- “Four Year Follow-up Results of Lumbar Spine Arthrodesis Using a BAK Cage” Neurological Association of Spine Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois. 1999.
Member, former senior warden, Vestryman, and adult class facilitator at Christ Episcopal Church, Tyler, Texas.
- Reading, Running, Skiing, Computers, Golf
Family / Personal Activities:
Married, Betty Earnest Danielson. Three Children: Mary Elizabeth, David, and Carley; one adorable granddaughter, Sophie.
Definition of Neurosurgery:
The Board approved the following revised definition on Neurological Surgery, as submitted by the Joint Socio-Economic Committee at its December 1982 meeting:
Neurosurgery is the medical discipline that deals with the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of disorders of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous system, including their supporting structors, i.e., the spine and vascular supply, i.e., carotid and vertebral arteries; the evaluation and treatment of other pathological processes which modify nervous system function; the modification of the activity of the nervous system including the hypophysis and the management involved in the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of a patient utilizing all modalities in medicine.
The primary focus of my practice at this time is emphasis on the aggressive and comprehensive interdisciplinary team management of spine disorders. I emphasize a conservative approach that is a patient-centered partnership.