Dr. Daniel Lu, MD
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Dr. Daniel Lu, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

UCLA Spine Center 1131 Wilshire Blvd Ste 100 Santa Monica, CA 90401 Get Directions


Dr. Daniel Lu, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Santa Monica, CA. He is 42 years old and has been practicing for 14 years. Dr. Lu is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

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      10 to 15 minutes
    Patient Reviews (10)
    in Los Angeles, CA |
    Dr. Daniel Lu cured my two plus years of spinal problem with a 90 minutes outpatient surgery at UCLA Spinal Center. Once surgery is over, I got up and walked out of the surgical suite. It was so uneventful and easy to go through that I would not even realized I just had a delicate surgery if it were not for the Band-Aid like dressing on my lower back as a reminder. I had neurogenic claudication from complete blockage of my spinal canal at L4-L5. I am convinced Dr. Lu is the best LA neurosurgeon.
    Thousand Oaks, CA |
    Dr. Lu is an amazing surgeon. My back pain was very bad prior to my microdiscectomy. There is a huge difference in my pain level post surgery.
    Santa Monica, CA |
    Dr. Lu and his team were amazing. They performed a discectomy to address a herniation in my L4 that was causing left leg pain and weakness that had me off my feet for 6 weeks. I could not walk without crutches. The procedure was minimally invasive which enabled a nearly pain free recovery. The moment I woke up my leg pain was gone in my left leg. The incision pain was gone in 48 hours. If any of this sounds familiar I highly recommend talking with Dr. Lu and his team!
    in Los Angeles, CA |
    This was my second back surgery with Dr. Lu. Without exception, Dr. Lu is one of the most professional and skilled doctors in the UCLA system. I highly recommend him and his staff for minor or critical back surgery.
    in Los Angeles, CA |
    Dr. Lu is an outstanding surgeon with a calm and competent manner. He takes the time to listen and advise, making me feel comfortable in his diagnosis and prognosis.
    in Los Angeles, CA |
    Dr Lu is simply great. From the first time I meet him I knew I was in good hands. The procedure went perfect and I am now back pain free. I highly recomend
    in Santa Monica, CA |
    Dr. Lu's lumbar laminectomy on Nov 16 was a total and miraculous success. After 60 days I feel fully recovered. The pain is gone. I have full mobility back. I have my life back. This is an incredible gift at any age but especially at 74. I am most grateful to Dr Lu, his medical staff, his office staff and UCLA ORTHOPEDIC Hospital.
    in Kingman AZ |
    My first surgery was a Bilateral Laminectomy in 2013 that was totally successful. This time I have an ALIF spinal fusion L4/5 in February 2016. All my symptoms disappeared after the surgery; no tingling, numbness, sciatica, etc. Dr Lu's staff is very professional and compassionate. Since I live out of state it was very easy to communicate by email with his staff, especially his personal assistant Naomi. All Dr's offices need a Naomi!!!! I would differently recommend Dr Lu!!!
    in Glendora, CA |
    Dr. Lu and his residents, fellows, and staff were very professional and knowledgeable. I was given the confidence that my tumor would be easily removed and was the reason for all my problems over the past 2+ years. I am so grateful for Dr. Lu. He is the reason I'm still able to walk.
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    •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
    •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
    •  No board certification on record with Healthgrades
    •  No malpractice claims found
    •  No sanctions found
    •  No board actions found

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    Conditions Treated

    • Bone Cancer
    • Bone Disorders
    • Brain Aneurysm
    • Brain Cancer
    • Brain Disorders
    • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
    • Broken Neck
    • Cancer
    • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
    • Cerebral Hemorrhage
    • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
    • Cerebrovascular Disease
    • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
    • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • Ear Disorders
    • Epilepsy
    • Fracture
    • Herniated Disc
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
    • Intervertebral Disc Disease
    • Low Back Pain
    • Lumbar Spine Fracture
    • Meningiomas
    • Myelopathy
    • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
    • Nerve Sheath Tumors
    • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
    • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Osteosarcoma
    • 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
    • Stroke
    • Subdural Hemorrhage
    • Thoracic Spine Fracture
    • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
    • Thrombosis
    • Vascular Disease
    • Vertebral Column Tumors


    • Medical School
      University Of California, San Diego, School Of Medicine

      Graduated in 2003

    Languages Spoken

    • English

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    • Neurosurgery

    Procedures Performed

    • Brain Surgery
    • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
    • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
    • Disc Replacement
    • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
    • Herniated Disc Surgery
    • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
    • Neuroplasty
    • Neurostimulation
    • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
    • Spinal Cord Stimulation
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities