Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Brain Tumor, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery
Accepting New Patients


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1520 San Pablo St. HC2 - Suite 3800 Ste 3800, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Monday - Friday

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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1751 Foothill Blvd. Suite 2 Ste 2, La Canada, CA 91011

Monday - Friday

8 a.m - 5 p.m.

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1450 San Pablo St. HC4 - Suite 5400 Ste 5400, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Provider Details

Languages Spoken
Taiwanese, English
About Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD
Dr. Chen's goal is to make USC Neuro-oncology the leader in innovative treatments for brain and spine tumors. As a result, emphasis is placed on translating new findings made in the laboratory to clinical trials. Laboratory efforts are directed toward research on endoplasmic reticulum stress, understanding glioblastoma endothelial cells, and development of novel anti-invasion therapies such as vicrostatin, a unique disintegrin made at USC, and noscopine. Technological advances that may be used in the treatment of brain or spine tumors are being developed, patented, and will soon be highlighted. Novel clinical trials currently available or soon to be available at USC include anti-EGFRviii vaccine therapy, IL-4-pseudomonas exotoxin for convection enhanced delivery, and anti-tenascin brachytherapy. Surgical therapy is based on the newest techniques in microdissection and image guidance using neuronavigational therapy, with a soon to be added intraoperative MRI scanner. Spine oncology is especially unique as Dr. Chen is one of the few fellowship trained spine surgeons focused on spine cancer. Decisions on therapy are made through tumor board via a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to neuro-oncology including neurosurgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, neuropathology, and neuro-radiology.


  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery
Areas of Focus
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Brain and Tumor Surgery 
Academic Title
Professor of Neurological Surgery

Insurances Accepted

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

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