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Biography

Dr. Daniel Ocel joined Cornerstone Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in 2005. He is a board-certified, Orthopaedic Surgeon and fellowship-trained in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. He also practices in general orthopaedics and sports medicine. Dr. Ocel’s treatment philosophy focuses on compassionate, individualistic care. “In my years of experience, I have found that similar injuries may affect people in a different manner; therefore, careful attention to each patient’s condition remains a cornerstone of my care of the orthopaedic patient,” Dr. Ocel said. He is a member of the Colorado Medical Society, American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Prior to working at Cornerstone Orthopaedics, Dr. Ocel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Creighton University School of Medicine and was honored to receive a Health Professions Scholarship from the US Navy while in medical school. He continued his training in Chicago at the University of Illinois completing his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. He received the Weinstein Award as outstanding graduating chief resident.

Dr. Ocel served our country for three years as Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at Naval Hospital Corpus Christi. He received the Naval-Marine Corp Commendation medal for his military service. Dr. Ocel moved with his family to Sydney, Australia to continue his medical education, where he completed a fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery with Dr. Martin Sullivan, Australia’s premier foot and ankle surgeon. During his fellowship, Dr. Ocel cared for many of Sydney’s top professional athletes including Australian Olympic athletes competing in the summer games of 2004. Dr. Ocel completed his fellowship with Dr. Robert Anderson at the Miller Clinic in Charlotte, NC.

When he is not performing a surgery or on a medical mission trip to Cambodia with the Cornerstone Foundation, Dr. Ocel loves spending time with his wife and children, as well as golfing and playing soccer.

Certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Recertified: January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2024

Elected Fellow AAOS February 2007

Diplomat July 2004

Creighton University School of Medicine June 1992 – June 1996
Doctor of Medicine, Summa Cum Laude

College of St. Scholastica August 1989 – November 1990

Bachelor of Arts, Biology August 1983 – February 1986
Duluth, MN