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Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, MBA

  • Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery|
  • Neurosurgery
Westwood Neurosurgery | 300 Stein Plaza Suite 420, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. Linda M. Liau is Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA.

Preferred Name: Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, MBA

Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program. Dr. Liau's clinical expertise is in intra-operative functional brain mapping and use of intra-operative imaging for resection of brain tumors (gliomas, meningiomas, and metastatic tumors). Her research efforts are focused on the molecular biology of brain tumors, gene therapy, immunotherapy, and brain cancer vaccines.

Dr. Liau is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuro-Oncology.  She is the Director of the UCLA Brain Cancer SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence).  She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Hospital Position

  • Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Director, UCLA Brain Tumor Program, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Membership, Medical Organizations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgery
  • American Association of Cancer Research
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology
  • American Academy of Neurological Surgery
  • National Academy of Medicine (NAM)

Additional Education

  • Masters Business Administration, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 2016

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Medical Board Certification

Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery, 2002


Neuro-Oncology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1998


Surgery/Neurosurgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1997


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1992


MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 2016
PhD, UCLA School of Medicine, 1999
MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, 1991



West Los Angeles

Westwood Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery| Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery| Pediatric Neurosurgery +3 more specialties

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center


Meet Linda M. Liau, MD, PhD, MBA


  • Aetna
  • 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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  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2023, 2024
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021
  • Dr. Linda Liau was recognized as a Top Doctor by U.S. News in partnership with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. This denotes that this doctor is among the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty.