John Liu, MD

Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery

Co-Director, USC Spine Center

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Dr. Liu is a recognized leader and considered one of the pioneers in minimally invasive surgical techniques for spine. He provides a key leadership role in the development of the leading multi-disciplinary academic spine program on the West Coast through close collaborations with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Liu, a board-certified neurosurgeon, was vice chairman of spine services and co-medical director of the spine center at Cedars-Sinai. Prior to Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Liu was director of spinal surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago. One of the country’s preeminent specialists in intricate and minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Liu is leading research to study innovative technologies and techniques for the treatment of conditions such as spinal deformities, scoliosis, spinal cord injuries, aging spine, and hyperhidrosis.

He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. After graduation, he completed his surgical internship and residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Dr. Liu went on to complete a fellowship in Complex Spine Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.