Frances Elaine Chow, MD

Neurology, Brain Tumor


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1500 San Pablo Street , Los Angeles, CA 90033
7 days a week, 24 hours a day
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1441 Eastlake Ave , Los Angeles, CA 90089
7 days a week, 24 hours a day

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Languages Spoken
English, Cantonese
About Frances Elaine Chow, MD
Frances Chow, MD, is a neuro-oncologist at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Keck Medicine of USC, who specializes in treating brain and spine tumors. She provides exceptional and compassionate care at the USC Brain Tumor Center and is committed to offering patients innovative therapies through clinical trials and translational research.

As a principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program, Dr. Chow develops and leads early phase clinical trials for brain tumors. She also conducts translational research on the effects of cancer immunotherapy and biomarker development to predict sensitivity to therapy. Her research is supported by a National Institutes of Health Mentored Career Development Award and the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Chow is a Southern California native. She completed her residency and served as chief resident at Los Angeles General, formerly known as Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, before completing her neuro-oncology fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is proud to serve her community as a scientific liaison for the USC Office of Community Outreach and Engagement and as the only dedicated neuro-oncologist within Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services.

Dr. Chow has been honored by Super Doctors Rising Stars as one of the top doctors in Southern California, since 2020. She also has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine and Pasadena Magazine.
“My philosophy is that it takes a team to fight cancer. We tailor treatment plans to each individual through a collaborative process that involves patients, caregivers and a multidisciplinary group of experts. Every person’s tumor is unique, and every individual deserves a team-based, personalized, precision-medicine approach to manage their tumor.”


  • Neurology
  • Brain Tumor

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  • Aetna
  • Watchtower
  • Medicare
  • Health Net
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
  • Health Net Covered California
  • Anthem Blue Cross Covered California
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance (UHC)
  • Beech Street Corporation /WC
  • Interplan
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer
  • Blue Shield Covered California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Health Plans of Nevada
  • Kern Health Systems
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers Health & Welfare
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Marian Health Services
  • MultiPlan
  • First Health
  • NEXT
  • Pacificare
  • GEHA
  • Private Health Care Systems
  • Great-West Healthcare of California, Inc.
  • Take Care (GUAM)
  • Brand New Day
  • Union Roofers Health & Welfare Fund
  • United Healthcare
  • USC Network

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