Dr. Linda Liau, MD

Dr. Linda Liau, MD

NeurosurgeryFemaleAge 55

Neurosurgery

Dr. Linda Liau, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Los Angeles, CA and has over 31 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Stanford University medical school in 1991. She is affiliated with medical facilities Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center. Her office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Locations

UCLA Neurosurgery

UCLA Neurosurgery300 Stein Plz Ste 420 Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Hospital Highlight

Dr. Liau is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Explains Conditions Well Patients said this doctor explains conditions well. See reviews
  • Offers Telehealth This provider offers telehealth appointments. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Liau's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Liau

4.4

Based on 14 ratings

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Dr. Liau is a brilliant surgeon. She is also kind and compassionate.
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Isabel Neidorf – Jul 07, 2020
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2 doctor's opinions with a diagnosis of a 2cm glioblastoma and 1 opinion proposed a biopsy to be sure of dignosis. Based on her "good" reputation I decided to work with Dr. Linda Liau. May 23, 2011 Dr. Liau performed brain surgery, removing 2 cm from my left frontal parietal. Told my family she had good new & bad news. Good= it wasn't a glioblastoma; Bad=it was demylination, most likely multiple scleroris. Question: IF DEMYELINATION, WHY DID SHE REMOVE THE FULL 2 cm? There's no benefit, only a detriment. DAY 1 after surgery recovery seemed it was going well. I was up & out of bed, using a walker. DAY 2 late in the day I lost my speach & the use of the right side of my body - neurological side effect of 2cm removal. It took me 4 weeks in rehab and a 18 months to be able function well enough to go to work. Still in pain. Dr. Liau never met with me after surgery while in UCLA, nor did she want to see me for a follow up visit "You don't have cancer, no need to see me". TERRIBLE!
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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P. Jagerman – Apr 22, 2020
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My wife was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiform Cancer. We visited Dr. Liau for a second opinion. She was on time, demonstrated extreme compassion and concern for my wife and ordered a post-op MRI so another member of her team would have the most updated information to help him provide direction for my wife and I. She has become part of our team in Las Vegas as we fight back against this aggressive cancer! She’s the best!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
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Mark Coleman – Sep 03, 2019
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Highly Recommend Dr. Liao. She is very knowledgeable and extremely patient in discussing the conditions and the options.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Sep 25, 2018
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The best surgeon in my opinion. Dr . Liau spent good amount of time in her clinic explaining expectation and risk of the operation. I was concerned about motor area functions. After surgery no impact as if i did not undergone major surgery. In 3 days, i was released from the hospital , another couple of days, walking in the neighborhood. Dr Liau and her team checked on me few times at the hospital. Dr Lauis expert. I would recommend her to my family and closest friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
3 people found this helpful
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Naser in Redonod Beach, CA – Aug 29, 2018
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Dr. Linda Liau's professional approach, knowledge, expertise and skill left me with a high grade of confidence at the initial appointment with her. This was proven out with a much quicker turn around time after my right temporal craniotomy and tumor resection and much less discomfort than expected. I would highly recommend her consult in any neurosurgical issues. Dr. Liau, I will never be able to thank you enough for saving my life. It was a miracle. Gratefully yours, Bhagat Singhatia, M.D
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Bhagat Singhatia MD. in Encino, CA – Jul 24, 2018
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Dr. Linda Liau has been my neurosurgeon for the past 5 years. Every year since 2012, I went in for an annual MRI and PET scan. It was December 2017, just 2 weeks before Christmas, when I went in for my annual MRI. My primary doctor ordered the DREADED MRI and I obliged. It was January and I had confirmation that the tumor had grown in size and it had a tail growing in the direction of the brain managing mobility. We immediately scheduled brain surgery for March 20 and I started planning.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Norma A – Apr 16, 2018
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Dr. Liau is in my opinion, the best brain surgeon I've ever even heard of, let alone met. And, out of the many, many Doctors I have known, she is at the top as the best. If a person needs her abilities, that person will be WELL taken care of. Her skills in the O.R (or even consultation mtgs) are unsurpassed; on a scale of 1 - 10, she would be a 15. And I do not say that lightly. She is a gift from God for ANY brain tumor patient.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Lyle D in Laguna Niguel, CA – Jan 11, 2017
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Caring, compassionate and a true life saver!!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
1 person found this helpful
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Craig in Northridge, CA – Dec 05, 2016
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DR. LIAU HAS ALWAYS BEEN OPEN,HONEST, POSITIVE IN ALL MY HUSBAND AND OUR FAMILY'S DEALINGS WITH HER. SHE CLEARLY ADDRESSES QUESTIONS AND IS INCLUSIVE OF PATIENT AND FAMILY IN WISHES AND SUPPORT. I HAVE WORKED IN MEDICAL SETTING FOR 25 YEARS & HAVE NEVER MET A FINER SURGEON OR DOCTOR IN ALL MY EXPERIENCE THAN DR. LIAU . HER MIRACULOUS SURGERY COMBINED WITH HER IMPRESSIVE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED TRIAL ,HAS PROVIDED ADDITIONAL YEARS OF LIFE FOR MY HUSBAND.. SHE ALLOWS PLENTY OF TIME FOR EACH PATIEN
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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LAURIE SMITH in Fresno, CA – Jun 09, 2016
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No malpractice claims found for California
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Dr. Liau's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Liau treats Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma) more than 93% of her peers

Dr. Liau treats this condition more than 93% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Adult Cerebral Astrocytoma
  • Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma
  • Astrocytoma
  • Benign Astrocytoma
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brainstem Glioma
  • Cerebellar Astrocytoma
  • Cerebral Astrocytoma
  • Chordoma
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Malignant Astrocytoma
  • Malignant Glioma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Melanoma-Astrocytoma Syndrome
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma
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Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Liau performs Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy more than 90% of her peers

Dr. Liau performs this procedure more than 90% of her peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Complex Skull Base Surgery
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniotomy
  • Craniotomy for Aneurysm
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • Skull Base Surgery
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Brain Cancer
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Liau treats Brain Cancer more than 90% of her peers

Dr. Liau treats this condition more than 90% of her peers

Dr. Liau's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

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(310) 878-6198

Dr. Liau accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Vivity-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CaliforniaCare HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Pathway X Direct Access PPO
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Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
Blue Shield of California
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Blue Shield of California PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
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HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
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First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net
Blue & Gold HMO
Covered California - Bronze PPO
Employer Group HMO
Health Net PPO
Individual and Family PPO
Health Net of California
Large Group PPO
Medical Mutual of Ohio
MultiPlan
Kaiser PHCS Network PPO
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Premera Blue Cross
Heritage Signature
SelectHealth
Tufts Health Plan
Tufts Health Plans
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare

About Me

Biography

Dr. Linda Liau, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Los Angeles, CA and has over 31 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Stanford...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1999
Ucla Med Center
Fellowship Hospital
1999
PhD - UCLA Neuroscience IDP
1998
Ucla Med Center
Residency Hospital
1992
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Internship Hospital
1991
Stanford University
Medical School
1987
Brown University / Alpert Medical School
Undergraduate School
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Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does Dr. Linda Liau, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Liau has indicated that they offer telehealth. Contact the office to check for eligibility for your needs.

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What are Dr. Linda Liau, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Liau frequently treats Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma), Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy, and Brain Cancer. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Liau treats.

Where is Dr. Linda Liau, MD's office located?

Dr. Liau's office is located at 300 Stein Plz Ste 420, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Liau is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

85% Patients that would definitely recommend, 15% higher than the national average

29 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center

Santa Monica, CA

84% Patients that would definitely recommend, 14% higher than the national average

15 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)