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Kenneth C Liu, MD

Department: Neurological Surgery Division: General Neurological Surgery Appointment Title: Associate Professor Other Appointment: Co-Director, UVA Stroke Center, Co-Director, Division of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiology

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P.O. Box 800212 Charlottesville, VA 22908 Phone: 434.924.2735 | Fax: 434.924.9656 Other Locations:
Neuro Oncology Center


Kenneth Liu, MD, joined the faculty of the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Radiology & Medical Imaging at UVA in 2010. He is only one of a few neurosurgeons in Virginia with fellowship training in neurointerventional surgery and is the only board-certified neurosurgeon in Virginia versed in both endovascular and skull base techniques. As a neurosurgeon dual-trained in both open and endovascular techniques, he is uniquely qualified to consult on patients with cerebrovascular disease, offer an unbiased opinion between open and minimally-invasive surgeries and provide the safest and most effective treatment options.

Dr. Liu was born in Princeton, NJ, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He obtained a B.A. in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 with an emphasis in neurobiology. He was the only graduate in his class to receive an Outstanding Service award for his contributions to the university. During his time at Berkeley, he was an active competitor in taekwondo and was nationally ranked at the collegiate level. In 2001, he received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, in 2008, during which he performed nearly 200 skull base procedures. The hospital named him Outstanding Consultant of the Year in 2005. During his residency, he spent two years in the lab investigating the role of the hormonal milieu and its effects on neuroprotection in ischemia. He was awarded the Basic Science Award for his scientific contributions at the Western Neurosurgical Society 2007 annual meeting.

Following his post-graduate training, he completed a two-year fellowship in neurointerventional surgery at the Dotter Interventional Institute in Portland, OR, while maintaining a busy general neurosurgical practice as a member of the neurosurgical faculty at the Oregon Health & Science University.

In addition to performing nearly 500 surgical procedures a year and seeing patients from all over the world, Dr. Liu has an active research interest in cerebrovascular neurosurgery. He has pioneered minimally-invasive treatments for devastating, difficult to treat conditions, such as intracerebral hemorrhage and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. He was the principal investigator on several trials at UVA, investigating the genetics of intracranial aneurysms and the surgical treatment of intracerebral hemorrhage. He also has a keen interest in device and technology development in the endovascular arena and is the principal investigator on several device trials. In addition to having been funded by the Department of Defense and working with NASA, he is also investigating applications of near infrared spectroscopy in imaging brain perfusion. He is a strong proponent of the use of Internet technologies in medical and surgical education and is considered by many in the neurosurgical community as one of the leaders in the field. He has published nearly one hundred peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and was recently named one of the Best Doctors in America.    

Currently, Liu serves as director of neurovascular surgery and co-director of the Stroke Center.

Learn more about Dr. Kenneth Liu (video).

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  • 2016, 2015 Best Doctors in America® List
  • 2015 Bedside Manner Award, Our Health Magazine; Second place


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