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Clay Elswick, MD
Chief Resident

4201 St. Antoine Boulevard
Suite 6E, Neurosurgery
Detroit, Michigan 48201 


Originally from Arlington, Texas, Dr. Elswick completed his undergraduate education at Baylor University in 2006, graduating Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Spanish. He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, he attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston for medical school.

Dr. Elswick’s interests in Neurosurgery include Neurosurgical Oncology and the treatment of complex spinal disorders. His research interests include quality improvement and quality assessment of the delivery of healthcare including the use of the helicopter in transport of brain- and spine-injured patients.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys watching movies, playing sports, fishing/hunting, and running.


Clinical Interests: Complex Spinal Disorders, Neuro-surgical Oncology

Research Interests: Healthcare quality improvement, Transport of head-injured children by helicopter


Forbes JA, Wilkerson J, Chambless L, Shay SD, Elswick CM, Abblitt PW, Adogwa O, Russell P, Weaver KD, Allen GS, Utz AL. Safety and cost effectiveness of early discharge following microscopic trans-sphenoidal resection of pituitary lesions. Surgical Neurology International 2011;2:66.


Wayne State Neurosurgery
Detroit, Michigan

Neurological Surgery
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

Medical Education

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Houston, Texas

Undergraduate Education

BA, Spanish
Baylor University
Waco, Texas