Dr. Daniel Lu, MD

Dr. Daniel Lu, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 43
Dr. Daniel Lu, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Santa Monica, CA and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine in 2003 and specializes in neurosurgery.

1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Lu performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
very high
more than 96% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 94% of peers
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
very high
more than 92% of peers

Dr. Lu's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Lu does not have any board certifications listed.

42  Conditions Treated

  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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14  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Lu has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Lu has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Lu's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lu to family and friends
31 total reviews (15 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (31)

  • 5
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  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Lu's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (15)

I went in for consultation & Dr. Lu showed me my x-ray/ MRI results & recommended surgery. I was shocked...& scared...but he re-assured me. & I researched him & was very confident of his expertise in this field. A very kind, competent surgeon & I highly recommend him....all the office staff & Dr.s...more
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Dr. Lu's positive and professional demeanor meant everything to me and my family. He also exceeded his surgery outcome. Thank you Dr. Lu!
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Dr. Lu saved my life. When a Neurosurgeon at another hospital admitted that the malignant tumor in my spine was too difficult to remove, I was devastated. Dr. Lu walked into my new UCLA hospital room, told me I had nothing to worry about and he was going to take care of the situation! My family and...more
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Horrible, no bedside manners, questions ur previous dr's and ur intregity! Very egotistical!!! Do yourself a favor and STAY AWAY!! He will spend no more than 10 minutes with you as apparently that's his allotted time with patients as he told me! Staff on the other hand was excellent!
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Dr. Lu is personable, professional, knowledgeable and straight forward. He took time to explain my condition and treatment options. My surgery lasted 75 min. I spent 1hr in recovery then walked out of the hospital into a waiting car. My relief from back & leg pain was immediate. I am now 3 months...more
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