Daniel G. Nehls, MD, FACS
Neurosurgery Northwest – Tacoma
Franciscan Medical Group
Dr. Nehls established his practice in Tacoma in 1993, bringing his exceptional surgical expertise and patient care to the area. He is highly skilled in both spine and brain surgery, and was the first neurosurgeon in the South Sound to implant Glaidel chemotherapy wafers into brain tumors. He has a special interest in Trigeminal Neuralgia, with expertise in glycerol injection, balloon gangliolysis, radiofrequency treatment, microvascular decompression and Gamma Knife treatment. He is known and appreciated for his down-to-earth style and genuine interest in his patients and their families, and personally works to ensure they receive the highest quality care, education and support.
Dr. Nehls received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering, and his medical degree from Northwestern University, followed by a General Surgery internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Nehls completed his residency training in Neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. With his interest in research, he applied for and won the Charles Elsberg Fellowship, an endowment that provides a year of study at any location worldwide. Dr. Nehls chose the Wellcome Surgical Institute in Glasgow, Scotland, where he studied brain blood flow and metabolism, and explored treatments for stroke. Dr. Nehls received his training for the Gamma Knife at the University of Pittsburgh, the center which acquired the first unit in the United States, and has the most experience and has treated over 7000 patients.
Dr. Nehls’ experience also includes six years of neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., and at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. He served as both Chief and Assistant Chief of Neurosurgery Service at these Centers. At Walter Reed, Dr. Nehls spent three years as a senior faculty member training Neurosurgery residents. He has lectured throughout the United States and Europe and has authored over 50 scientific articles and book chapters. He currently retains an appointment as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Board certified in Neurological Surgery since 1990, Dr. Nehls holds medical staff privileges with Franciscan Health System, MultiCare Health System and Good Samaritan Hospital.