Neurosurgical Interests:

Cranial: Brain Aneurysms, Brain Tumors, Brain Metastasis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Hemifacial Spasm, Hydrocephalus, Pituitary Tumors, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

Spine: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Microdiscectomy, Spinal Decompression, Spinal Tumors

Peripheral Nerve: Carpel Tunnel Release, Ulnar Decompression

Fellowship Trained: University of Washington, Seattle, WA - Cerebrovascular, Neurotrauma and Critical Care Fellowship

Residency: University of Washington, Seattle, WA - Neurological Surgery, Chief Resident
Atkinson Morley's Hospital, University of London - Registrar of Neurological Surgery

Internship: University of Washington, Seattle, WA - General Surgery Internship

Medical School: Columbia University, New York City, NY - College of Physicians and Surgeons

Bachelors/Masters: Stanford University, Stanford, CA - B.S & M. S., Biological Science, with Honors

Board Certification:

National Board of Medical Examiners, 1989
American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2002

Professional Appointments:

Staff Neurosurgeon, Swedish Medical Center 2003-present
Chief of Neurosurgery, Swedish Medical Center, 2004- present
Senior Clinical Instructor, Dept. Family Medicine, University of CO Denver, 2005-present
President & CEO, Colorado Brain & Spine Institute LLC, June 2006-present


Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 1990
American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 1994
Colorado Neurosurgical Society, 1998 - Past President
Denver Medical Society, 1998
Colorado Medical Society, 1998
Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Society, 1999 - Past President
American Medical Association, 1999
Society of Neuroscience, 1999
American College of Surgeons, 1999
National Neurotrauma Society, 1999
American Society of Gene Therapy, 1999
American Stroke Association, 1999
American Stroke Association, Stroke Council, 1999
AANS/CNS Joint Section of Neurotrauma and Critical Care, 1999
AANS/CNS Joint Section Spine, 2001
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, 2002


Jack S. Guyton Memorial Research Competition, First Prize, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, 1982
AANS Research Fellowship Award, The Research Foundation of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 1993 - 1995
Upjohn Resident Fellowship in Cerebrovascular Disease, AANS-CNS Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Disease, 1995 - 1996
Pharmacia & Upjohn Cerebral Resuscitation Paper Competition Award, 1997
National Research Service Award, 1995 - 1998
E.E. Moore Award for Excellence in Trauma Care, Denver Health Medical Center, 2001
Bayer Fellowship in Cerebral Ischemia, 2001-2002
Ion Channel Modulation in Cerebral Ischemia, 2002-2007
Swedish Medical Center Dala Outstanding Physician Award, 2006
5280 Top Doc - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015

J. Paul Elliott, MD

Quick Contact:

Office Phone: (303) 783-8844
Fax: (303) 783-2002
Medical Assistant Direct Line: (303) 783-7651

Philosophy of Care: My philosophy is to maximize conservative treatment options and only perform surgery when I feel like it will result in a positive outcome.

About the Doctor:Neurological illness can affect all aspects of a patient’s life. I chose to become a Neurosurgeon because it affords me the opportunity to offer definitive treatment options allowing patients to regain their quality of life. My brother was born with spina bifida; seeing the effects it had on him and my own family made me want to make a difference for those who may face similar circumstances.

 Neurosurgery is an intense lifestyle, but ultimately it is very rewarding. Most patients come to me because of my experience, my ability to alleviate pain or impede a disease process, my conservative treatment philosophy, my surgical precision and excellent post-surgical outcomes, and for my ability to connect to them as a person and not just a disease or disorder. Having neurosurgery can be physically and emotionally taxing, therefore, I approach every patient with care and compassion. I strive to give my patients an excellent understanding of their problem and use my experience and skill to help them make the best treatment choices to optimize their outcomes. I derive great joy when I see my patients and their families benefit from care that our team is able to provide. My patients find me to be down to earth and personable.

 During my free time when not working, I enjoy time with my wife, son, and daughter. We love the beautiful Colorado outdoors, tennis, swimming, and traveling.