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Alan Daniels, MD – California, Berkeley

Board-Certified spine surgeon

Road to Greatness

Alan H. Daniels, MD, California, Berkeley ’04, is a board-certified spine surgeon. Dr. Daniels specializes in adult spinal deformity and other complex spinal disorders and serves as chief of spine for the Orthopedic Department at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. He is also the director of spine surgery research, an associate professor at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and co-director of the Brown Spine Surgery Fellowship.

Daniels joined the California Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta Theta at the University of California, Berkeley in 2000, graduating with his bachelor’s in 2004. Dr. Daniels completed medical school at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, and orthopedic surgery residency training at Brown University. He then completed additional spine surgery fellowship training with Drs. Mark Palumbo, MD, and Phil Lucas, MD, before being recruited back to Rhode Island as their partner. His research focuses on spinal biomechanics, optimization of outcomes following spinal deformity surgery, and prevention of complications after spine surgery.

Dr. Daniels is a high-volume spine surgeon, performing over 450 surgeries every year. His practice focuses on patients who suffer from scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, failed spinal surgery, degenerative spinal disease, as well as, spinal trauma, and spinal tumors. Many of his patients have undergone one or more previous spinal surgeries, although he also performs primary spinal surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Daniels is a nationally-renowned researcher and has published over 330 peer-reviewed articles, 350 national and international research posters/presentations, and has edited four orthopedic education textbooks. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Lumbar Spine Research Society, and the Scoliosis Research Society.

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