Dr. Daniel Lu, MD

Dr. Daniel Lu, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 43
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Daniel Lu, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Santa Monica, CA. He is 43 years old and has been practicing for 14 years.

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


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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

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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Dr. Lu does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • 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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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Paracentesis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities

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
based on 28 total reviews (12 with comments)
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 (12)
Los Angeles, CA |
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!
in Santa Monica CA |
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 out of surgery, back at the gym regularly, my demeanor and posture have improved. I have not taken a pill for pain since the day after surgery. REMARKABLE!
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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Dr. Lu accepts 6 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
    Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
    Select Plus HMO
    Select PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Lu has admitting privileges

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
1250 16th St
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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