Dr. John S. Yu, MD, Clinical Chief, Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Neurosurgery, and is also the Medical Director of the Brain Tumor Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He has dedicated his medical career to neurosurgery with a current focus on research in immune and stem cell therapy for brain tumors. Dr. Yu has trained 15 clinical fellows from around the world, published 95 peer-reviewed papers, written 16 book chapters, and has been voted annually as “America’s Top Doctors”.
Dr. Yu earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and spent a year at the Sorbonne in Paris studying French literature while completing a fellowship in immunology at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. Afterward earning his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and master’s degree from the Harvard University Department of Genetics, he pursued a neurosurgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has spent thirteen years as a research fellow, which includes the National Institute of Mental Health in the Neuroimmunology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Culpeper Scholar at the Molecular Neurogenetics Unit. His extensive neurosurgical career includes both clinical, academic and research activities. He has been involved in over a dozen committees ranging from cancer and immunology research to safety, therapeutics and rehabilitation. His expertise is sought around the world as his long career include 26 research grants, 10 patents, 7 FDA approved investigational drugs and 17 IRB approved clinical trials.
Dr. Yu is also actively involved with the Korean American Medical Association (KAMA) and received KAMA’s Career Achievement Award in 2011. In total, Dr. Yu is involved in over a dozen medical societies and is currently an active member in AMPSAA.