Dr. Daniali’s core values are a commitment to excellence and optimizing patient care and experience. She strives to pursue an artistic and individualized approach to care that includes all of her skills and artistry in the service of the patient’s goals. She has an unwavering commitment to innovation for continuous improvement of care for patients and families. 

Dr. Lily Daniali working with patient

Training and Background

Dr. Daniali was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Johns Hopkins University where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Public Health Studies. She then completed medical school at the University of Washington, the #1 medical school in the country, graduating with honors. 

Dr. Daniali completed elite plastic surgery residency at Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences in NJ before being selected for two subspecialty fellowships. She pursued a Craniofacial Fellowship at Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute and then a Hand Surgery/Microsurgery Fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern.  

Giving Back

While in the past Dr. Daniali traveled internationally for medical mission work, in her current practice she regularly donates care for undocumented, indigent, and underinsured Americans, providing them with quality treatment regardless of status. 

Philosophy and Approach

As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Daniali first focuses her time with her patients on really listening to their stories, feelings, and symptoms in order to understand their goals. As a result, she can be an educator to help them understand their situation and options available to improve their lives. Together, they can formulate a plan of care to achieve their unique objectives. 

Plastic surgery is complex, but Dr. Daniali can help anyone understand the most complicated processes simply and effectively. She sees herself as the patient’s trusted advisor, working hard to keep them safe, and provide excellent, effective, and competent care with a gentle hand and bedside manner. Patients often come in feeling very anxious, and they leave knowing they are cared for and safe.

A patient’s emotional recovery through the plastic surgery process is just as important to Dr. Daniali as their physical recovery. Respected colleagues across a 6-state region regularly refer patients with complex problems, whether aesthetic or reconstructive, to Dr. Daniali for her technically advanced aesthetic and reconstructive techniques.  

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Career Highlights

  • Dr. Daniali was the first surgeon in Colorado to provide targeted muscle reinnervation for a lower extremity amputee. 
  • Dr. Daniali is a member of the Breast Cancer leadership committee at Swedish MC, and is also the Medical Director of the Center for Wound Healing at Swedish.
  • Dr. Daniali is the Medical Director for the Center for Lymphatic Restoration at Swedish, a program that she founded. It was recognized in 2000 as a Center of Lymphatic Excellence by the LE&RN. 
  • Dr. Daniali is a double-board-certified Plastic Surgeon and Hand Surgeon.
  • Dr. Daniali lectures regionally and nationally, educating medical professionals regarding burn care, complex reconstruction, and peripheral nerve care. 

I love my patients, plastic surgery, and my professional career, but at my core I am a mom of two young boys (Lazar 4 and Rohan 2), life partner to my husband Dr. Benson Pulikkottil, and friend to the people I love in my life. It is a full plate, and I have tremendous gratitude for these blessings. Balancing it all can be a challenge, but it is not work in a negative sense. I wake up in the morning excited to fulfill what I see as my purpose and mission in life: to improve the lives of the patients that need me, whether that is after a cancer diagnosis, a traumatic injury, living with chronic pain, or searching for a renewed and rejuvenated self-confidence.

Dr. Lily Daniali

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