He is active in research and has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and over 60 chapters and other manuscripts. He has received multiple outstanding research paper awards from the Cervical Spine Research Society and the North American Spine Society, as well as the Hibbs Outstanding paper award from the Scoliosis Research Society. He has operated in several countries and has served as a visiting professor, grand rounds speaker, key or named lecturer over 100 times in more 19 countries on six continents. He has served and has been the Director or Chair of over 35 surgical courses, including those sponsored by the Cervical Spine Research Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and the Scoliosis Research Society. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Cervical Spine Research Society and was President from 2012-13. He also serves on the board of AOSpine International, served as its International Research Commission Chair (2012-15) and currently is the Chair of the International Board (2015-18). He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the Interurban Orthopedic Club, and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, all honorary orthopaedic societies. He serves as a Deputy or Associate Editor of the Global Spine Journal, Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery, Spine, and Neurosurgery journals.
Clinical Honors: He has been recognized in the lists of America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America since 2002. He is also listed as a Vitals Top 10 Doctor (top 1%, based on patient ratings and reviews).
Orthopedics This Week Journal’s Top 28 Spine Surgeons in North America 2012, 2013: “He is an outstanding surgeon, teacher, and researcher. He is a leader in the cervical spine world, has done great research in this area, and has great vision. If someone says, ‘cervical spine surgery,’ you think of Dan.”
Top 18 Spine Surgeons in North America 2014: “A brilliant cervical spine surgeon, he has defined many of the techniques we are utilizing. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally, improving the treatment of these disorders in other portions of the globe.”
Many prominent surgeons from all over the world have recognized him as a leader in cervical spine surgery (Click here to see comments they made about him).