- NRSA Post Doctoral Brain Tumor Fellowship, UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center, 2008-2009
Dr. Isaac Yang is a neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment and clinical outcomes of adult brain and spinal cord tumors at UCLA with an emphasis on acoustic neuromas, skull base tumors, and state of the art, intra-operative brain motor and neurophysiologic mapping to safely maximize tumor resection.
Dr. Yang is experienced in neuro-oncology surgical treatment for patients with very complex brain tumors, skull base tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, and glioblastomas. Dr. Yang has received a number of national awards and grants to honor his research work in brain tumors and excellence in treating and caring for patients. As a principal investigator at the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, his extensive research interests include optimizing brain tumor clinical outcomes, novel nanoparticles against brain tumors, and experimental glioblastoma therapies like brain tumor vaccines. Dr. Yang is collaborating with the UCLA NanoSystems Institute to utilize novel nanoparticles in cutting edge use of nanoparticles for potential brain tumor treatments and immunotherapy. In addition to his basic science research, Dr. Yang conducts research efforts into brain tumor outcomes of patients with brain tumors seeking to maximize safe and effective treatments for patients with brain tumors.
As the oldest son of South Korean immigrants, Isaac Yang was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Lodi, California in the central valley. Dr. Yang received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley with a double major in Molecular and Cell Biology emphasis in Neurobiology and Social Welfare emphasis in Sociology with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Yang earned his medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine with AOA honors and publishing his early brain tumor research earning the UCLA Lasky Memorial Research Award. He matriculated to his residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he graduated with Naffziger Resident of the Year honors. While at UCSF, Dr. Yang also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in brain tumor molecular biology and immunotherapy in the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center. Dr. Yang is dedicated to improving the care and treatment of all patients with brain tumors.