Dr. Yi Lu, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 46

Dr. Lu
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Neurosciences Center

60 Fenwood Rd Fl 1 Boston, MA 02115

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(617) 796-7170

Dr. Yi Lu, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Boston, MA. He is affiliated with medical facilities Brigham And Women's Faulkner Hospital and Brigham And Women's Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Lu to book an appointment.

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Dr. Lu is affiliated with Brigham And Women's Hospital Boston, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Offers Telehealth
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No malpractice claims found for Massachusetts
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Lu's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Spinal Fusion
very high
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lu performs Spinal Fusion more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Lu performs this procedure more than 98% of his peers

Low Back Pain
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lu treats Low Back Pain more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Lu treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lu treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 96% of his peers

Dr. Lu treats this condition more than 96% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Dr. Lu's conditions and procedures:

  • Brain Abscess
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor Surgery
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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(617) 796-7170

Dr. Lu accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Preferred Blue PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Tufts Health Plan
Tufts PPO

Dr. Lu's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Lu

4.0

Based on 12 ratings

5 Stars
75%
(9)
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1 Star
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I had Dr. Yi Lu perform an operation or redo of a 30 year old surgery that scarred as they sometimes do. He doesn't talk a lot - he walked in with the MRI report and imaging and his first words were, "They all missed it!" The proceeded to explain what he would do to make my pain go away, the chances it would and the percentage range it would. I interviewed 6 ortho-pods. I went with Dr. Lu. He had a clear goal and I believed he would see that through - and he did. I woke up from surgery with all my Left Leg pain and back pain gone. In the coming days it was down to a 0.05. It was amazing and better than I could have expected. He is a neurosurgeon who specializes in backs. Highly Recommended.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
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Alan Tauber – Nov 25, 2020
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Doctor Lu, treated my dislocated disk and I am not longer in pain. He was so patient and professional. His staff was very attentive and caring. I am pain free thanks to Doctor Lu and his wonderful staff. God bless you all
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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Luzmar Centeno – May 14, 2020
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I've been told for years "there's no reason for you to be in so much pain". Dr's didn't believe me. On the second visit, Dr Lu gave me a diagnosis. I finally had an answer and a treatment plan. I'm forever grateful that I found Dr Lu. I would recommend him 100%.
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
4 people found this helpful
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SJ Borges – Oct 02, 2019
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Both Dr.Lu and his team were highly skilled, and knowledgeable, however also had outstanding bedside manner and seemed to genuinely care about my situation and outcomes. I am a physical therapist and have already recommended patients to see him if they needed a surgical consult as well.
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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PT patient in Boston, MA – Aug 20, 2018
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Dr. Lu preformed spinal surgery on my 72 year old father... 5 hour operation it went as planned my fathers pain went from a 10 to almost completely gone. Dr Lu I would recommend to anyone that needs a neurosurgeon. Got my father back to normal in a professional and quick manner..
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
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Nik Anifantis in Mansfield , MA – Jul 20, 2018
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Terrible incompetent doctor who caused permanent nerve damage after spinal fusion surgery and laminectomy in 2013. I suffer every day and he took no responsibility. Please save your life and go to somebody else.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • 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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Tewksbury, MA – Jul 10, 2017
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Dr. Lu is a standout in his field. I feel I owe my life and my normalcy of life to his skills, and I will forever be in his debt. Thank you Dr. Lu!!
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Susan Brown in Pomfret Center – Mar 03, 2017
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Dr. Lu performed a spinal fusion with laminectomy on me in Feb. 2015. I ended up with a brain bleed, three major surgeries in three weeks,major caf leak and MRSA in my spine as a result of this surgery. I now have permanent nerve damage. I suffer in chronic pain. Dr. Lu refused to acknowledge my infection. He never followed up with me only hntil one year post op. He insisted I have a SCS implanted despite my infectious disease doctor's recommendations against it. He does not listen.
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • 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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Former patient in Massachusetts – Mar 02, 2017
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Dr. Lu performed spine surgery on my husband in August. When we met with him to discuss what type of surgery he would recommend, he was thorough and precise with his explanation of the best procedure. We put our faith in his confidence, experience, and success rate...and we are glad we did so. All went according to plan; my husband is without pain and his spine is straight. Dr. Lu's secretary was also considerate, informative, and helpful. Great experience for us.
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
4 people found this helpful
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MBJ in Lexington, MA – Dec 07, 2016
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Dr. Lu & his staff are the best! I guess you can see my opinion based upon my evaluation review, Never have I had more faith in a Dr. than the faith I have in Dr. Lu. After listening to my symptoms descriptions, looking at test results & giving me a physical exam, he diagnosed my medical problems within 10 minutes. I nearly fainted! He carefully explained everything that I needed to know about both upcoming operations. The entire neurosurgery dept was efficient, friendly & respectful! AMEN!
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
4 people found this helpful
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Ms Sheila P Silva in Pawtucket, RI – Aug 20, 2016
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Dr. Lu provides excellent diagnostic acumen, a continuum of options and clear prognosis for procedures. His collaboration with Dr. Issa and Dr. Battacharya affords patients with wraparound services within one practice, thus eliminating the need to travel to various sites for appointments. The office staff are well efficient, kind and helpful. The med students were well prepared. I am particularly grateful to Dr. Lu's assistant; Lori Gurska, who navigated the Worker's Comp system for us.
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
4 people found this helpful
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Dr. William T. Anderson in Pomfret Center, CT – Aug 19, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Treat any patients as they were my family members 

Biography

* Dr. Lu is a spine surgeon and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and is the Director of Neurosurgical Trauma.

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Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

Children'S Hospital Boston
Residency Hospital
Children'S Hospital Boston
Internship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Chinese

Awards

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Does Dr. Yi Lu, MD offer telehealth services?

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What are Dr. Yi Lu, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Lu frequently treats Spinal Fusion, Low Back Pain, and Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Lu treats.

Where is Dr. Yi Lu, MD's office located?

Dr. Lu's office is located at 60 Fenwood Rd Fl 1, Boston, MA 02115. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Yi Lu, MD speak?

Dr. Lu speaks Chinese and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Neurosciences Center

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Neurosciences Center60 Fenwood Rd Fl 1 Boston, MA 02115
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Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Comprehensive Spine Center

Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Comprehensive Spine Center1153 Centre St Ste 5 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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Brigham And Women's Faulkner Hospital

Boston, MA

78% Patient Experience Rating, 9% higher than the national average

9 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)

Brigham And Women's Hospital

Boston, MA

81% Patient Experience Rating, 12% higher than the national average

5 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)