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Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD

  • Spine Surgery|
  • Neurosurgery
Spine Center | 1131 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100, Santa Monica, CA 90401


Membership, Medical Organizations:
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  • AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care
  • Society for Neuroscience




Medical Board Certification

Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2014


Neurological Surgery, Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute, 2010


Neurological Surgery, UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery, 2009


Surgery, UCSF Department of Surgery, 2004


MD, UC San Diego School of Medicine, 2003
PhD, University of California, San Diego-Neurosciences Graduate Program, 2001


Santa Monica

Spine Center

Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine| Spinal Cord Injury Medicine| Spine Surgery +2 more specialties

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center


Meet Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD
The Violin Surgeon
Dr. Daniel Lu Presents Erika Kort with the Courage Award at the Visionary Ball 2023
Spinal Cord Injury Research
Minimally Invasive Tubular Surgery for Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Minimally Invasive Palliative Resection of Lumbar Epidural Metastasis
Minimally Invasive Surgery for Lumbar Microdiscectomy
Nuances of Occipitocervical Fixation

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  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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