Daniel A. Wecht, MD, MSc

  • Clinical Professor
  • Chief, Neurosurgery, UPMC McKeesport
  • Chief, Neurosurgery, UPMC St. Margaret
  • Chief, Neurosurgery, UPMC Shadyside

Daniel A. Wecht, MD, joined the Department of Neurological Surgery as a clinical assistant professor in September of 1999. He was promoted to clinical associate professor in 2002 and full clinical professor in 2008.

He was born and raised in Pittsburgh. After graduating from Harvard University, Dr. Wecht attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Baylor College and then completed a two-year neurovascular surgery fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

He was board-certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 2000 and was recertified in 2010. Dr. Wecht specializes in the treatment of brain tumors and cerebrovascular diseases such as stroke, aneurysms and vascular malformations. He also has an active spine and general neurosurgery practice.

He has co-authored or authored several articles and publications. Dr. Wecht has been a neurosurgical faculty member at Yale University, University of New Mexico and Allegheny University of the Health Sciences (Pittsburgh, Pa.). He is an active participant in multiple professional and scientific societies. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Mexico.

Community Clinic Sites

UPMC West Mifflin
1907 Lebanon Church Road, Suite 201
West Mifflin, PA 15122

Shadyside Medical Building
5200 Centre Avenue, Suite 617
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

UPMC McKeesport
Painter Building
500 Hospital Way, 2nd Floor, Suite 6
McKeesport, PA 15132

UPMC St. Margaret
Medical Arts 100
100 Delafield Road, Suite 108
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

UPMC South Hills
1300 Oxford Drive, Suite 1500
Bethel Park, PA 15102

UPMC West 
1600 Coraopolis Heights Road, Suite G1
Coraopolis, PA 15108

Specialized Areas of Interest

Vascular neurosurgery (aneurysms and vascular malformations); brain tumors; spinal and peripheral nerve microsurgery; trigeminal neuralgia, chiari malformation and hydrocephalus.

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Hospital Privileges

UPMC McKeesport
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC St. Margaret
UPMC Shadyside

Professional Organization Membership

AANS/CNS Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery
AANS/CNS Joint Section on Trauma
American Association of Neurological Surgeons

Education & Training

  • AB, Anthropology, Harvard University, 1985
  • MS, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, 1995
  • Fellowship, Neurovascular, Yale University, 1997

Selected Publications

Bonfield CM, Wecht DA, Lunsford LD. Concussion in ice hockeyProg Neurol Surg 28:161-70, 2014.

Singleton RH, Jankowitz BT, Wecht DA, Gardner PA. Iatrogenic cerebral venous sinus occlusion with flowable topical hemostatic matrixJ Neurosurg 115(3):576-83, 2011.

Yates A, Norwig J, Maroon JC, Bost J, Bradley JP, Duca M, Wecht DA, Grove R, Iso A, Cobb I, Ross N, Borden M. Evaluation of lipid profiles and the use of omega-3 essential Fatty Acid in professional football playersSports Health 1(1):21-30, 2009.

Maroon JC, El-Kadi H, Abla AA, Wecht DA, Bost J, Norwig J, Bream T. Cervical neurapraxia in elite athletes: evaluation and surgical treatment. Report of five casesJ Neurosurg Spine 6(4):356-63, 2007.

Wecht DA. A brief history of chronic subdural hematomasNeurosurg Clin N Am 11(3):395-8, 2000.

Media Appearances

Back from the brink
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 5, 2015

Local College Student Recovers After Debilitating Brain Injury
April 4, 2015

Surgery can fix brain aneurysm; support can help recovery
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 7, 2014

A return to the past
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
(Letter to the Editor)
June 3, 2013