Biography & Education

The needs of the patient come first.
  • Brain and Tumor Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Residency: Neurosurgery, Duke University, Durham, NC
Fellowship: Functional Neurosurgery, Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Seattle, WA
  • English

Care Locations

Cranial, Spine and Joint Clinic
Colby Campus
1717 13th St., Suite 401
Everett 98201
Cranial, Spine and Joint Clinic
Providence Medical Building Monroe
19200 North Kelsey
Monroe 98272
Accepting New Patients


  • Brain and Tumor Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Specialists
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy Neurosurgery
  • Epilepsy Neurosurgery
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neurosurgeons at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • The Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment
  • The Movement Disorders Specialists at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute
  • The Pituitary Specialists at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute


Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

3.8 out of 5 (30 Ratings, 9 Comments)


This is the worth experience I ever had with a doctor, DR Clayton did not answer any of my questions nor was he familiar with my medical history. His only answer was "you do not need surgery" over and over. I am extremely disappointed,that to this day neither him or his medical assistant could not provide me with a referral for a physical therapist. [...]
Swedish Patient

He was friendly, courteous, knowledgeable about my condition and confident that there is a solution to solving the issues of my health challenges
Swedish Patient

Just like after the first surgery, I feel that doctor Clayton has disregarded all of the medical evidence of other issues that have surfaced as a result of the surgery. [...] Saying things like "that has nothing to do with what I did," without offering any medical evidence, and being told by his assistant and him, "If you don't like it go somewhere else doesn't seem to be the compassionate care you advertise. All I have been looking for since the beginning is to be better, and the care I have received from him and his staff has been " that has nothing to do with your neck, so go somewhere else", and "that's not bad enough for me to worry about" to me are not even close.
Swedish Patient

Hi receive the best care that I've ever received from any hospital stay that I've ever add
Swedish Patient

Dr Clayton was on time and very helpful!
Swedish Patient

I was frustrated with problems getting the right time for seeing the doctor the first time and now do not get information on test results. I have a very serious situation happening quickly with limited information and do not hear from your staff. I know the doctors are busy but expected to hear from someone. [...] Maybe the hospital need to hire a nurse practitioner or someone to maintain communication and support patients. If I live through this I would be happy to help in the future. This is very difficult to feel like no one is listening to me and my incredibly anxious family members at this time.
Swedish Patient

I don't feel Dr. Clayton listened to all my needs.
Swedish Patient

He is a good listener.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Clayton said he would refer me to a Dr. that would administer some shots to the back. I have not heard from them yet and this was last week I saw him. It seemed as though he was in a hurry and did not want to spend time with me. He did not even examine my back just looked at MRI and that was it. My pain is tremendous and that did not seem to matter.
Swedish Patient