John S. Yu, MD

Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Surgical Neuro-oncology
Medical Director, Brain Tumor Center
Neurosurgical Director, Gamma Knife Program

John S. Yu, MD is the Director of Surgical Neuro-oncology, Medical Director of the Brain Tumor Center, and the Neurosurgical Director of the Gamma Knife Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is Vice Chair in the Department of Neurosurgery. An internationally renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Yu's clinical focus is on the treatment of malignant and benign brain and spinal tumors. He is also conducting extensive research in immune and stem cell therapy for brain tumors.

Dr. Yu is currently the Principal Investigator of immune therapies to treat patients with malignant brain tumors. His National Institutes of Health -funded laboratory studies stem cell therapies for neurological disorders and mechanisms of stem cell tropism and cancer stem cell invasion.

In 1996, he received the Academy Award from the American Academy of Neurological Surgery at its annual meeting. That same year, he presented his research on immunologic gene therapy for brain tumors at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Yu has published articles in several prestigious journals, including The Lancet, Cancer Research, Stem Cells, and Journal of Neurosurgery. He is the editor of Cancer Stem Cells from Humana Press.

Dr. Yu earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and spent a year at the Sorbonne in Paris studying French literature. He completed his fellowship in immunology at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and master's degree from the Harvard University Department of Genetics. He completed his neurosurgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In addition, he was a neuroscience fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in the Neuroimmunology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and he was a Culpeper Scholar at the Molecular Neurogenetics Unit at that hospital. Other honors include the Preuss Award, Joint Section on Tumors, American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurologic Surgeons.

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