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Neurosurgery with Firelands Physician Group

The Firelands Neurosurgery Department is committed to delivering exceptional patient care and pursuing science to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Braun & Dr. Elskens are highly specialized physicians devoted to providing the highest standard of patient care for all neurosurgical conditions of the central (i.e., brain, spinal cord) and peripheral nervous systems, as well as the blood vessels supplying them. Firelands offers the latest cutting-edge treatment in a state-of-the-art environment focused on compassionate, patient-focused care.

Drs. Braun and Elskens provide a full spectrum of neurosurgery from brain tumors, trauma, spinal and peripheral nerve disorders. In addition, they are proud to bring cutting-edge, minimally invasive reconstructive spine surgery and motion preservation spine surgery to Northern Ohio.

Should I Consider Surgery?

Neurosurgery can treat a range of issues that involve the entire nervous system. For patients who have nervous system disorders, neurosurgery could be a good treatment option. Likely, if neurosurgery is right for you, your primary care provider will refer you to a neurosurgeon. Over the years, many neurosurgeries have progressed to be less invasive, allowing for easier and faster recovery. If you suffer from one of these or any other symptoms, you should consult your doctor about neurosurgery.

  • Arachnoid cyst
  • Arterial malformation
  • Arteriovenous fistula (AVF)
  • Neurological trauma
  • Spinal tumor
  • Spinal trauma


Dr. Dale BraunDale Braun, MD

I received my training in the United States Navy at Bethesda Naval Hospital. I received a spine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, which is where I realized I wanted to specialize in neurosurgery. I then joined a neurosurgical group in Cleveland following my fellowship.

  • Fellowship - Spine Surgery | Cleveland Clinic | Cleveland, Ohio
  • Residency - National Naval Medical Center, Maryland
  • Medical School - Wright State University School of Medicine | Dayton, Ohio
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Dr. Daniel elskens

Daniel Elskens, MD

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.

  • Residency - Henry Ford Hospital | Detroit, Michigan
  • Medical School - University of Michigan Medical School | Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Neurosciences at Firelands

Firelands has become a hub for quality neurological healthcare in the surrounding region. We offer services to care for patients dealing with neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, or concussions to help improve their quality of life.

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Contact the Neurosurgery Department

703 Tyler Street

Suite 350

Sandusky, OH 44870

419-502-8001