Awards & Recognitions


The Department of Neurological Surgery is composed of 20 eminent, full-time clinician-scientists who are dedicated to patient care, scholarly activities and education of neurosurgical residents and fellows. Many of our faculty members hold national and international leadership roles. We also feature numerous faculty with dual appointments at USC, and a cohort of exceptional staff researchers.

Notable Achievements

Steven Giannotta, MD, previously served as chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, chair of the Residency Review Committee for Neurosurgery and president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons.

Michael Apuzzo, MD, PhD, is editor of the new journal World Neurosurgery. One of the highlights of the annual Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ meeting is announcement of the recipient of the Michael L. J. Apuzzo Lecture on Creativity and Innovation, named in his honor.

Charles Liu, MD, PhD, served on the executive committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and is the recipient of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Young Clinician Investigator Award.

J. Gordon McComb, MD, is a director of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and a member of the senior advisory board and the editorial board of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He also serves on the editorial board of Neurosurgery.  

Martin Weiss, MD, serves as associate editor for Neurosurgical Focus of the Journal of Neurosurgery. He received the inaugural Cloward Award from the Western Neurosurgical Society, given to a neurosurgeon with an international reputation who has advanced the specialty through innovation.