Daniel R. Fassett, MD, MBA
Areas of Expertise Complex Spinal Deformity, Spinal Oncology, Spinal Surgery
Medical Education Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, GA)
Residency Neurosurgery - University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT; 2001-2006)
Fellowship(s) Spine Surgery - Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA; 2006-2007)
Board Certification(s) Neurosurgery - American Board of Neurological Surgery
Professional Memberships American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Spine Society
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When did you join Illinois Neurological Institute?
I have three children
Fishing, waterskiing, snowboarding, traveling
What medical change has impacted the field of cancer the most since you began practicing medicine?
Improvements in chemotherapies have resulted in dramatically better survival for many cancers. However, with many patients surviving longer with cancer, there are increased number of patients with spinal metastases.
The treatment of patients with spinal tumors has been very gratifying for me as a surgeon. These patients often have severe pain and risk for paralysis with these tumors. To see them walking and pain free after surgery is very gratifying.
Why did you choose neurosurgery?
As a medical student, I was fascinated by the nervous system. There is so much that we still do not know about this elegant and delicate structure. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and building things.
My educational background in engineering provided me with an understanding of the biomechanics and complex forces which was the perfect fit for spinal surgery.
Why did you choose Peoria, Illinois, to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
I grew up in a small town and still love a small town atmosphere. In Peoria, I was able to find a combination of a high-quality medical community and a smaller town atmosphere.
There aren't many places that would allow me to perform complex surgeries, participate in cutting-edge research, and still allow me to drive home in 10 minutes without any traffic. Peoria is an amazing place to live and practice medicine.
Do you have any advice to give your patients?
The first surgery is the best opportunity for success when it comes to spinal surgery. Make sure that you're in the best of hands before surgery.
There are always options other than surgery to consider and it's important to closely consider the risks and benefits of any procedure. Consider asking your doctor for patient references or second opinions.