Dr. Linda M. Liau is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Co-Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Center.
She is currently a full professor and board-certified neurosurgeon with both an active research laboratory and a busy clinical practice in the field of brain tumors and neurosurgical oncology. She is the Principal Investigator and Director of the National Cancer Institute-designated UCLA Brain Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence P50 grant.
Dr. Liau runs an active research laboratory and a busy clinical practice specializing in brain tumors and neurosurgical oncology. The author of more than 150 peer-reviewed research articles, several book chapters, and a textbook titled Brain Tumor Immunotherapy, Dr. Liau serves on the editorial board of several scientific/medical journals and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuro-Oncology. The first woman President of the Western Neurosurgical Society, she currently serves as Director of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Liau received her B.S. degree in Biochemistry and B.A. degree in Political Science, both with honors, from Brown University at the age of 19. She then earned her M.D. degree at Stanford University in 1991 and a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience at UCLA in 1999. After completing her residency and fellowship training in Neurosurgery at UCLA, she joined the faculty at the UCLA School of Medicine (future David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA). She also earned her M.B.A. degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.