Dr. James K. Liu is the Director of Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery at
the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. He is also Director of the Brain
Tumor Center and the Cerebrovascular Bypass Program.
Dr. Liu is renowned for his treatment of complex brain tumors and skull
base lesions, including pituitary tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas,
and chordomas. As a fellowship trained skull base and cerebrovascular
neurosurgeon, Dr. Liu performs the most innovative surgical techniques,
including in minimally invasive endonasal endoscopic surgery, image-guided
keyhole microsurgery, and laser-assisted tumor surgery to achieve the
best results for his patients. He also specializes in cerebrovascular
bypass procedures for carotid occlusion, complex aneurysms and skull base
tumors, as well as 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 85 peer-reviewed publications and 13 book chapters.
He has taught many hands-on courses in skull base surgery and has lectured
extensively throughout North America. Dr. Liu is the director of the Skull
Base Microsurgical Simulation Laboratory, where his research work is focused
on the development of innovative and novel skull base and endoscopic approaches,
quantitative surgical neuroanatomy, Dextroscope surgical simulation and
virtual reality, microsurgical and microvascular anastomosis skills training,
skull base reconstruction, cerebral vasospasm, and pituitary tumor biology.
Dr. Liu completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California,
Los Angeles with Summa Cum Laude honors. He then received his MD from
New York Medical College with AOA honors. After completing his residency
in Neurological Surgery at the University of Utah, Dr. Liu pursued advanced
fellowship training in skull base and cerebrovascular surgery, and neuro-oncology
at Oregon Health & Science University. Prior to joining UMDNJ and
NINJ, Dr. Liu was Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director
of Skull Base Surgery and the Microneurosurgcial Simulation Laboratory
at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.