Daniel Ocel, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon - Foot & Ankle
★★★★★ ★★★★★
Foot & Ankle Surgery, Fellowship Trained
Superior  •  Wheat Ridge  •  Westminster 
Fax: 303-420-2279

Dr. Daniel Ocel joined Cornerstone Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in 2005. He is a board-certified, orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. He also practices in general orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Ocel’s treatment philosophy focuses on compassionate, individualistic care. He is a member of the Colorado Medical Society, American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society, and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Prior to working at Cornerstone Orthopedics, 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 orthopedic surgery. He received the Weinstein Award as outstanding graduating chief resident.

Dr. Ocel served our country for three years as head of orthopedic 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.


  • Fellowship: Foot & Ankle, North Shore Foot and Ankle Center, Sydney, Australia. Foot and Ankle Miller Orthopedic Clinic Charlotte, NC
  • Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • US Navy Veteran – Head of Orthopedic Surgery at Naval Hospital Corpus Christi
  • Medical School: MD, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • Undergraduate School: BS, Biology, St. Scholastica College, Duluth, MN

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons

Memberships & Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society
  • Official USA Rugby Team Physician
  • Recipient of Weinstein Award: Outstanding Graduating Senior Resident
  • Treated Australian Olympic Athletes


Dr. Ocel's Reviews
Lock LadyLock Lady
23:53 03 Mar 24
Dr Ocel is hands down the most caring physician I have ever worked with. He’s the very best in foot and ankle surgeries, but will go beyond that to help you as his patient get whatever you need medically, I wish I could give him 100 stars
Charlene MartinezCharlene Martinez
21:59 15 Jan 24
I would recommend this facilities to anybody that has orthopedic problems "Dr Ocel " is one of the best.
c r (doxielover)c r (doxielover)
21:00 13 Jan 24
I went to Dr. Ocel to fix a failed ankle fusion. I sort of expected him to say there was nothing he could do or that they could amputate the foot, but he was very positive and I have surgery scheduled! Staff was wonderful. I was told he is the best; I feel very fortunate I was able to have him see me.i can walk again! After 2 years on knee scooter & crutches I can walk! All thanks to Dr Ocel & his team!!
Chris SchiechlChris Schiechl
00:34 07 Jan 24
Great Doc tells it like it is. No Sugar coating.
As a healthcare practitioner myself, I really appreciated how Dr. Ocel explained my mechanism of injury, as well as the success rate of the surgery I will be having and the successful outcomes of prior patients.
Robert KershnerRobert Kershner
00:42 17 Sep 23
I’ve had three surgeries at Cornerstone Orthopedics- back, shoulder and foot. My elderly mother also had a knee and hip replacement from the doctors at Cornerstone Orthopedics. All outcomes have been tremendously successful. The doctors are all top experts in their area of expertise. They are also very caring and won’t propose surgery unless it’s absolutely necessary. I would not trust anyone else with my orthopedic needs. Cornerstone is the “best”!
Debbie FazioDebbie Fazio
19:35 16 Sep 23
Dr Ocel treats the whole patient, not just a joint. He’s understanding and I have never felt rushed. The whole package. So excited to be in his hands for my upcoming surgery (s).
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