Daniel Refai M.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery

Emory University School of Medicine

Director of Spinal Oncology

Emory Spine Center

Co-Director of Emory Spine Center

Emory Spine Center

Co-Director Emory Neurosurgery

Emory Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship

Phone: 404-778-7000

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

59 Executive Park South
Suite 3000

Atlanta, GA 30329


  • Medical School, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2003
  • Internship, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, 2004
  • Residency, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, 2009
  • Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, 2010


Honors and Awards

  • Magna cum Laude in Chemistry, May 1997
  • Magna cum Laude in French, May 1997
  • Phi Beta Kappa at Tufts University Chapter, May 1997
  • Vigneau Prize in French Literature, May 1997
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health (HHMI-NIH) Research Scholar, Aug. 2000
  • Chairman of the Howard Hughes Research Scholars Presentation Committee, May 2001
  • Advanced HHMI-NIH Scholar, June 2001               
  • Cumming Foundation Scholarship for Multiple Sclerosis Research, June 2002
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, University of Chicago, Sept. 2002
  • Fentress Research Fellowship, University of Chicago, Sept. 2002
  • Association for Academic Surgery Research Award, June 2003
  • Pritzker Student Teaching Award, June 2003
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital Caring Spirit Award, June 2005
  • Department of Neurosurgery Resident Teaching Award, June 2007
  • Washington University School of Medicine ‘Resident of the Year Award’ for Teaching, Aug. 2009

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • European Journal of Neurology – ad hoc reviewer
  • Journal of Neurology – ad hoc reviewer
  • Neurosurgery – ad hoc reviewer

National Committees

Scientific Planning Committee of the AANS/CNS Spine Section, 2012-present