Charles Liu, Ph.D., M.D.

Program Advisor, Neurorestoration Innovation Center

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Charles Liu, Ph.D, M.D., has been an integral member of the neurosurgery team at Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute since 2014. He currently serves as the Program Advisor of Neurorestoration at Hoag, a program that brings together key platform technologies that operationalize cutting-edge research concepts to clinical application to restore sensorimotor and cognitive neurological dysfunction for Hoag patients.

Dr. Liu completed his undergraduate education in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his Ph.D. in chemical/bioengineering at Rice University. He then attended medical school at Yale University before completing his neurosurgical training at the University of Southern California affiliated hospitals.

Dr. Liu is engaged in a broad spectrum of efforts that brings together the fields of engineering and medicine to develop systems-level solutions to challenges that lead to human suffering due to loss of nervous system function over the life-span. He is a recognized expert in complex intracranial surgery, epilepsy surgery, neurotrauma, and neurorehabilitation. Dr. Liu has also made key contributions in a large number of internationally visible “first-in-human” applications of transformative technologies to restore neurological function.

Dr. Liu is currently a professor of neurosurgery, neurology, urology, biomedical engineering, and biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as the Director of the USC Neurorestoration Center. He is also the Chair of Neurosurgery and Orthopedics at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. He has had a long-standing association with Caltech, where he is appointed as visiting associate in Biology and Bioengineering.

Dr. Liu has worked in close partnership with multiple private and public sector health systems to craft creative solutions to issues related to access to specialty services in underserved communities. For example, he has provided principal leadership in the establishment of the USC Epilepsy Care Consortium, a unique patient-centered partnership for epilepsy care that connects almost 30% of the National Association of Epilepsy Centers registered programs in California, including the first and only adult epilepsy center in Central California at Kern Medical in Bakersfield. He has made a large number of contributions to the published literature and delivered numerous key-note lectures nationally and internationally.

Dr. Liu serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience and directs a large number of collaborative research projects funded by federal and nonfederal agencies, including NIH, NSF, DARPA, and PAC-12 Conference.

He is also the Head Team Neurosurgeon for the USC Department of Athletics and is the neurosurgical consultant to the Rose Bowl Game.