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Isaac Yang


Location: Manhattan Beach, CA

Member Since: 2021

Isaac Yang M.D. is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and Director of Medical Student Education in the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, Associate Professor in Neurosurgery, Head and Neck Surgery, and Radiation Oncology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and a Principal Investigator in the UCLA Brain Tumor Laboratory.  As the son of South Korean immigrants, Dr. Yang grew up in the small town of Lodi, California.  Dr. Yang’s interest in neurobiology started as an undergraduate as he received his bachelor’s degree with Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California Berkeley.  His training followed with a medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles Geffen School of Medicine.  Dr. Yang completed a neurological surgery residency at the University of California San Francisco, as well as an NRSA NIH-funded F32 postdoctoral brain tumor, research fellowship.

Dr. Yang’s clinical focus has been primarily on brain tumors both glioblastoma and skull base tumors.  He has previously been recognized with a UCSF Clinical and Translational Scientist Training Award and the CNS Dandy Clinical Research Fellowship.  Dr. Yang has been the recipient of several distinguished regional and national awards including the UCSF Medical Center 2010 Exceptional Physician Award, the AANS Integra Brain Tumor Research Award, San Francisco Neurological Society Edwin Boldrey Award for Basic Science Research, American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons Research Award, Kaiser Award for Clinical Research, the national AANS Leksell Radiosurgery Award, and the Tumor Section Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research. 

Dr. Yang has published over 200  publications in peer-reviewed journals, authored over a dozen book chapters, and edited over half a dozen published textbooks.  Dr. Yang is highly sought out by peers, patients, and the media for his expertise in neurological diseases and brain health. He has made multiple TV appearances on CBS The Doctors, CNN Dr. Drew On Call, and national news outlets. His career is dedicated to improving the care and treatment of all patients with skull base pathology and brain tumors.

If interested please find his most recent book Service Minded Physician on Amazon.