Practice Locations

UCHealth Spine Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor 12605 E. 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045


Daniel Craig, MD

Neurological Surgery

Board Certified


Practice Locations

UCHealth Spine Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor, 12605 E. 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045


UCHealth Neurosurgery - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Court Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, 4th Fl, Aurora, CO 80045


Provider Expertise

Clinical Interest for Patients

I have a wide-ranging spine practice including degenerative pathology and spinal deformity with a special interest in spinal tumors, trauma, and opportunities to employ minimally invasive techniques. More broadly I an interested in maintaining a general neurosurgery practice including cranial tumors, hydrocephalus, trauma, and chiari malformations while deferring to our subspecialists when appropriate.

Care Philosophy

"Love your neighbor as you love yourself." This command from Jesus guides my approach to medicine, and I strive to treat those who trust me with their care the same way I would want myself and my family treated. Neurosurgery training has afforded me a wide range of approaches to employ in partnership with my patients. Often surgery is the most effective way I can offer to ease pain, make a diagnosis, support quality of life, and facilitate return to activity. Just as frequently, though, my role is to explain, advocate, comfort, and help navigate our daunting healthcare system for those for whom surgery may not be the right next step. I hope to offer my patients an understanding about diagnoses and treatment plans as well as a confidence that they are not alone. I'm thankful to be a part of a truly diverse and capable team at CU, and it is a privilege to care for and partner with our neighbors in Colorado and beyond.


  • Neurological Surgery ( 2022 )

Conditions & Treatments

  • Spine

    Cervical disc herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical spinal stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Scoliosis, Lumbar disc herniation, Lumbar spinal stenosis, Myelopathy, Radiculopathy, Sacroiliac Joint, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Slipped Disc, Spinal tumors, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylolysis

  • Brain and Nervous System

    Brain Abscess, Brain Tumors, Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Trauma / Nerve Injuries, Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries

Interests & Activities

Personal Interests

As a Colorado and Denver native, I have never tired of exploring the mountains and love digging into the growing culture of our city. I enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, music and arts culture, and getting into all of it with my wife and our 2 boys. As a musician, I've been fortunate to maintain a creative life throughout my medical journey. Currently working with my band, Juno Rossa, and collaborating with my talented wife who is an accomplished songwriter and visual artist, the passion for creating and performing keeps me going outside the hospital.

Education & Training

Medical Schools

MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2012)

Residency Program

University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (2019)


University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (2018)

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Fellow

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Clinical Interests for Referring Providers

My clinical interests include a general neurosurgery practice with a focus on spine including complex and minimally invasive techniques. I have outpatient clinics in our spine center as well as a cranial clinic. Happy to see any and all spine pathology as well as brain and peripheral nerve cases. I defer to subspecialists in our dept for skull base, vascular, and functional neurosurgery. I have a particular interest in spine axis tumors, trauma, and minimally invasive techniques.