Charles Yu Liu

Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology; Director, USC Neurorestoration Center; Surgical Director, USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Areas of treatment:

Skull Base Tumors
Pituitary Adenoma
Cavernous Hemangioma
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Intracranial Tumors (Intrinsic and Mets)
Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
Vagal Nerve Stimulator Implantation
Temporal Lobectomy
Transphenoidal Craniotomy
Aneurysm Clip Ligation
Stereotactic Radiosurgery


  • Neurosurgery


  • Department of Neurological Surgery


  • Chinese
  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese

Charles Yu Liu, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurological Surgery and Neurology;
Director, USC Neurorestoration Center;
Surgical Director, USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Dr. Liu completed his undergraduate education in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and went on to receive his PhD in Chemical/Biomedical Engineering at Rice University. He then attended the Yale University School of Medicine, receiving his MD degree. He trained in neurosurgery at the University of Southern California Affiliated Hospitals.

He is presently professor of neurosurgery and neurology and holds the Apuzzo Professorship for Advanced Neurosurgery. He is also Director of the USC Center for Neurorestoration, which functions to bring scientific advances in the laboratory and engineers new tools to restore function to the injured and diseased nervous system. He also serves as the Surgical Director of the USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, one of the premier and highest volume surgical epilepsy programs in the world.

He has received numerous research awards and made a large number of visitorships/invited lectures throughout the world. He also serves as Associate Editor of the journal, WORLD NEUROSURGERY. He is a principal neurosurgical consultant for the NCAA USC Trojans Athletics Department. In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. At Rancho los Amigos, Dr. Liu is Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and is developing cutting-edge programs in restorative neurosurgery, collaborating with scientists at Caltech and USC, among others.


Yale University School of Medicine, MD, 1996


LAC+USC Medical Center, 1996 - 1997


LAC+USC Medical Center, 1997 - 2003


LAC+USC Medical Center, 2000 - 2000


American Board of Neurological Surgery

Professional society memberships:

Congress of Neurological Surgeon
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Society of University Neurosurgeons
Neurosurgical Society of America
Pituitary Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers Professional Society
American Chemical Society
American Epilepsy Society
American Society of Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery
Academy of Neurosurgery


Castle Connolly "Top Doctor,” 2015
2011 list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
CNS Margot Anderson Foundation Fellowship for Brain Restoration Research, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 2002
Baxter Scholar, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, 2003
AANS Young Clinician Investigator Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 2004
Honorary Member, Hong Kong Neurosurgical Society, 2005-present
Anspach Research Award for Cerebrovascular Diseases and Cerebral Protection, 2006
Honorary Member, Chinese Neurosurgical Society, 2008-present
Michael L. J. Apuzzo Professorship for Advanced Neurosurgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2009-present