- Research Interests:
My clinical expertise and research interests are in minimally invasive spine surgery, complex spine, tumors and radiosurgery.
- Clinical Practice:
- Neck Fracture, Vertebral Compression Fracture, Cervical Myelopathy, Chronic Neck Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated Disc, Sciatica, Spina Bifida, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Tumors, Spondylolysis, Laminectomy, Scoliosis- Pediatric, Spinal Fusion, Lumbar Stenosis, Idiopathic Scoliosis-adolescent, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Stenosis, Degenerative Scoliosis, Degenerative Spondyloisthesis, Isthmic Spondylolisthesis, Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease, Balloon Kyphoplasty, Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), Cervical Artificial Discs, Computer Enhanced Navigation: Image Guided Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, ALIF, DLIF, PLIF, TLIF, Spondylolisthesis, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Spine, Lordosis Treatment
- Associate Professor
I was born and raised in Taiwan. In 1993, I earned my medical degree from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. I completed my first neurosurgical residency there in 2000 and also became certified by the Taiwan Board of Neurosurgery. I was on the clinical faculty in the Department of Neurosurgery at Kaohsiung Medical University from 2000 until 2007.
I came to the University of Virginia in 2007 and have held various positions in the Department of Neurosurgery. From 2007-2010 I was an assistant professor of research and a clinical fellow. From 2010-2012 I was a clinical fellow in neuro-oncology under Mark Shaffrey, MD. From 2011-2012 I was a clinical instructor as well as an attending neurosurgeon.
I completed my second neurosurgical residency at the University of Virginia from 2012-2016 to become eligible for the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. I also completed a one-year minimally invasive spine fellowship at University of South Florida in 2016. I was appointed associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Virginia in 2016.
I have co-authored over 100 publications in scholarly journals and 20 book chapters. In addition, I have presented at over 70 scientific meetings and invited lectureships.
I am married to Lichu Kuo. We have two kids, Wayne and Katelyn. I enjoy sports, music and being with friends and family in my free time.
- Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 1993
- Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Taiwan (Neurosurgery)
- University of Virginia School of Medicine (Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery)