Dr. James Liu, MD

Dr. James Liu, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 44
Dr. James Liu, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Newark, NJ and has been practicing for 11 years. He graduated from New York Medical College in 2000 and specializes in neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, and more.Read his story

90 Bergen St # 8100

Newark, NJ 07103

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • Worker's Compensation

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more than 89% of peers
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
more than 84% of peers
Brain Surgery
more than 81% of peers

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Dr. Liu's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Liu "Dr. James K. Liu is the Director of the Center for Cerebrovascular, Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery at the Rutgers Neurological Institute of New Jersey, and Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also Director of the Brain Tumor Center and Moya Moya Cerebrovascular Bypass Program, and board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Liu graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and obtained his MD from New York Medical College with AOA honors. After completing a neurosurgery residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, he was awarded the Dandy Clinical Fellowship by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and obtained advanced fellowship training in Skull Base, Cerebrovascular Surgery & Neuro-oncology at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Dr. Liu is renowned for his comprehensive treatment of complex brain tumors and skull base lesions, including pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, craniopharyngiomas, chordomas, and jugular foramen tumors. His robust clinical practice encompasses both traditional open and minimally invasive endoscopic endonasal skull base approaches. He also specializes in microsurgery of cerebrovascular diseases including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), cavernous malformations, and carotid artery stenosis. He also has expertise in cerebrovascular bypass procedures for moya moya disease, carotid artery occlusion, vertebral artery occlusion, complex aneurysms and skull base tumors, as well as endoscopic-assisted microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm. As one of the most active researchers in his field, Dr. Liu has published extensively with over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 25 textbook chapters. He has taught many hands-on cadaver dissection courses in skull base surgery and has lectured extensively nationally and internationally throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Liu's research is focused on the development of innovative and novel skull base and endoscopic techniques, quantitative surgical neuroanatomy, microsurgical and microvascular anastomosis skills training, virtual surgical simulation, pituitary tumor biology, and clinical outcomes after skull base and cerebrovascular surgery. Dr. Liu is an active member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, North American Skull Base Society, Pituitary Network Association, The Facial Pain (Trigeminal Neuralgia) Association, AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section, Tumor Section. He serves on the medical advisory board of the Acoustic Neuroma Association of New Jersey, and is the current Secretary-Treasurer of the International Meningioma Society, and the Editor-in-Chief of Skull Base: Operative Videos. Dr. Liu receives many inquiries for neurosurgical opinions from all over the world. You can contact our office listed below. Due to the large volume of patients and surgeries, and academic lectures abroad, response time can be up to about 1-2 weeks. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Follow Dr. Liu on social media for educational content regarding your neurosurgical conditions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (at) SkullBaseMD."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Liu "Our goal is to make a difference, providing the best clinical outcomes and improving quality of life in each patient. We treat each patient with the utmost care and compassion as if they were our own family member. Treatment strategies are tailored and individualized to each patient so that they have the best neurological outcome possible."

4  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Skull Base Surgery
  • Neuro-Oncology

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

68  Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Adenocarcinoid Tumor
  • Adenocarcinoma
  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
  • Aneurysm
  • Angiofibroma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cancer
  • Carotid Artery Occlusion
  • Cavernous Malformation Brain
  • Cavernous Malformation of Spine
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Ependymoma
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glomus Tympanicum Tumor
  • Glomus Vagale Tumor
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Hemangioma
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Orbital Nerve Tumor
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Paraganglioma
  • Pineal Region Tumors
  • Pineal Teratoma
  • Pinealoma
  • Pituitary Apoplexy
  • Pituitary Disease
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Rathke's Cleft Cyst
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma
  • Skull Base Disorders
  • Skull Base Lesions
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Malformations
  • von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome


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38  Procedures


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

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 At Los Angeles
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
  • New York Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • New York Medical College
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • University Of Utah School Of Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Liu has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese, Mandarin

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Liu's Reviews

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

Likelihood to Recommend (48)

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Dr. Liu's Performance

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  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (31)

I am today about 5 months post-op. Dr. Liu removed a cavernous malformation from my brain stem on Oct. 12, 2017. I have had two previous procedures and while they were excellently done, they simply did not get it all out. From our first consultation, I knew Dr. Liu would be my surgeon. The...more
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Dr. Liu performed an excellent brain surgery not only saved my life also he gave me my vision back!
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Well my name is Milton. F. I start to feel some headaches in about August 2017. Did some exams, MRIs. I was found with a brain tumor call acoustical neuroma It was quick to get the first apointmen and Dr Liu told me and my family that I need a surgery soon as possible I had the surgery date...more
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I found Dr. James Liu at Newark University Hospital in July 2014. From the moment we met with him he was informative, helpful, paid closed attention to our requests and questions and made my family and I feel safe in his care. Dr. Liu proactive attitude was a definite plus.
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My name Luis. M. I was suffering of a condition called HEMIFACIAL SPASM for about 3 years, the twitching on my face was so strong , stressful and annoying . Thank God I met Dr. James liu , he performed a surgery called MICROVASCULAR DECOMPRESION. The surgery was fast and sent home the second...more
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