Daniel Herrick, MD, PhD

Daniel Herrick, MD, PhD is a PGY6 Neurosurgery Resident at Stanford University. He is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and completed his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Tufts University School of Medicine. His Ph.D. research detailed neural stem cell responses to acute injury in the mouse olfactory epithelium and was published in journals such as PNAS and Journal of Neuroscience. He is passionate about leveraging translational science, health technology innovation, and his unique clinical training in both neurosurgery and neurocritical care to improve outcomes for patients with acute injury to the brain and spine. His active areas of research include the identification of biomarkers for central nervous system injury, predicting outcomes following spine fusion surgery, and improving the use of evidence-based guidelines in the care of neurosurgical ICU patients. In 2022-2023, he was the inaugural CAST Neurosurgery Neurocritical Care Fellow and was also awarded intramural funding to pilot a novel translational human CSF biomarker study in patients with central nervous system injury. Outside of neurosurgery, he enjoys playing tennis, fly fishing, traveling, and being in the outdoors.


2018 – Present
Stanford University
 – Palo Alto, CA
Department of Neurosurgery
Resident Physician

Stanford University – Palo Alto, CA
Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Neurocritical Care Fellow (Enfolded, CAST)

Stanford University – Palo Alto, CA
Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign
Biodesign Innovation Fellow

2010 – 2018                                                                               
Tufts University 
– Boston, MA
M.D. Medical Scientist Training Program

2012 – 2016
Tufts University 
– Boston, MA
Ph.D. Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology

2004 – 2008
Colby College 
– Waterville, ME
B.A. magna cum laude

Program Completion:


Awards and Honors:

David L. Kasdon Prize in Neurosurgery, Tufts University School of Medicine   2018

Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Honor Medical Society, Tufts University School of Medicine   2018

Student Enrichment Grant, Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences  2015

NIH F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award , Tufts University School of Medicine  2014

Bradford P. Mundy Award in Organic Chemistry, Colby College 2008

Frank and Maureen Wilkens Student Research Fellowship, Colby College  2007



Daniel Herrick