Daniel Tonetti, MD

  • Chief Resident

Daniel A. Tonetti, MD, joined the Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July of 2014. He graduated with honors from Drexel University with BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering. Prior to matriculation into medical school, he was employed within the pharmaceutical industry in both drug discovery and vaccine manufacturing. Dr. Tonetti earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014, where he was elected by his peers president of his class and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha as a junior.

Dr. Tonetti is pursuing a Committee on Advanced Subspecialty Training (CAST) approved enfolded fellowship in neuroendovascular surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. His current research interests include the evaluation of outcome parameters after treatment for neurovascular disease, stroke therapies, and traumatic brain injury.

Outside of neurological surgery, Dr. Tonetti is interested in medical education, running, soccer & backpacking. He is a native of Keedysville, Md.

Dr. Tonetti's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Cerebrovascular neurosurgery; endovascular neurosurgery; stereotactic radiosurgery; complex spine; neurotrauma.

Professional Organization Membership

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Pennsylvania Neurosurgical Society

Education & Training

  • BA, MS, Chemical Engineering, Drexel University, 2010
  • MD, University of Pittsburgh, 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Theodore Kurze Senior Prize for Excellence in Neurological Surgery and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2014

Selected Publications

Tonetti D, Perez JL, Zussman B, Ozpinar A, Gross BA, Jankowitz BT. Use of Pipeline Endovascular Device in Patients with Nickel Allergies. World Neurosurg [Epub ahead of print], 2018.

Tonetti D, Gross BA, Atcheson KM, Jankowitz BT, Kano H, Monaco EA, Niranjan A, Flickinger JC, Lunsford LD. The Benefit of Radiosurgery for ARUBA-Eligible AVMs: A Practical Analysis Over an Appropriate Follow-Up Period. Journal of Neurosurgery 128(6):1850-1854, 2018. 

Tonetti D, Richter B, Andrews E, Xu C, Emery SP, Greene S. Clinical Outcomes of Isolated Congenital Aqueductal Stenosis. World Neurosurgery 114:e976-e981, 2018. 

Kano H, Flickinger JC, Nakamura A, Jacobs R, Tonetti D, Lehockey C, Park KJ, Yang H, Niranjan A, Lunsford LD. How to Improve Obliteration Rates During Volume Staged Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Large Arteriovenous Malformations. Journal of Neurosurgery  [Epub ahead of print], 2018.

Tonetti D, Gross BA, Jankowitz BT, Kano H, Monaco EA, Niranjan A, Flickinger JC, Lunsford LD. Reconsidering an Important Subclass of High Risk Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas for Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Journal of Neurosurgery [Epub ahead of print], 2018. 

Park KJ, Kano H, Iyer A, Liu X, Tonetti D, Lehockey C, Faramand A, Niranjan A, Flickinger JC, Kondziolka D, Lunsford LD. Gamma Knife Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Cavernous Sinus Meningiomas: Long-Term Follow-Up in 200 Patients. Journal of Neurosurgery  [Epub ahead of print], 2018.

Tonetti D, Andrews E, Stabingas K, Tyler-Kabara E, Gross BA, Jadhav A. Posterior communicating artery giving rise to a shared-origin anterior choroidal artery: case illustration. World Neurosurg 109:413-415, 2018.

Faraji AH, Tonetti D, Flickinger JC, Engh JA. Alteration of the Ki-67 Proliferative Index following Surgical Resection with or without Radiation Therapy of Intracranial Meningiomas. Cureus 9(11):e1873, 2017.

Kashkoush AI, Feroze R, Myal S, Prabhu AV, Sansosti A, Tonetti D, Agarwal N. Fostering Student Interest in Neurological Surgery: The University of Pittsburgh Experience. World Neurosurg 108:101-106, 2017.

Gross BA, Tonetti D, Weiner G, Panczykowski D, Ares WJ, Kenmuir C, Jadhav AJ, Jovin T, Jankowitz BT. Septoplasty: Scepter Balloon Angioplasty for Vasospasm after Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Interv Neurol 6(3-4):229-235, 2017.

Tonetti D, Gross BA, Jankowitz BT, Atcheson KM, Kano H, Monaco EA, Niranjan A, Lunsford LD. Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Dural Arteriovenous Fistulas without Cortical Venous Reflux. World Neurosurg 107:371-375, 2017.

Tonetti D, Richardson RM, Hamilton RL, Ares W, Lieberman FS. Long-Term Recurrence of Dysembryoplastic Neuroepithelial Tumor: Clinical Case Report. Surg Neurol Int8:140, 2017.