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John S. Kuo, M.D., Ph.D.

Education

M.D.
Harvard Medical School (Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Tech)

Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Residency/Fellowship

Residency, Neurological Surgery
University of Southern California

Advanced Fellowships
University of Southern California/University of Toronto

About

John S. Kuo, an internationally known neurosurgeon-scientist who specializes in brain tumors, is the inaugural chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and surgical director of the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences for the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

Kuo comes to Dell Med from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a professor of neurological surgery and human oncology and director of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program. He led the Central Nervous System Tumors Group at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, a nationally known institution for cancer research, care and community involvement. In 12 years there, he led and expanded multiple high-quality multidisciplinary teams — delivering clinical care for brain tumors, pituitary tumors and hydrocephalus — and advanced discoveries from lab research to clinical trials.

Kuo is among an elite group of neurosurgeons who have earned research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. His research has been featured in journals such as Nature Reviews and Science Translational Medicine. He has been invited as visiting professor and speaker at institutions including Massachusetts General Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center. His honors include being named among “America’s Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly and the 2015 Preuss Award for best tumor research at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He also is an endowed visiting professor of surgery at National University of Singapore and was elected to the Society of University Surgeons and the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. He serves as the tumor editor for World Neurosurgery and Operative Neurosurgery and as chair of the membership committee for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

A native of Taiwan, Kuo immigrated as a child to New York City, then graduated from Harvard with an bachelor’s in biology (summa cum laude), and both a medical degree and doctorate through a joint program of Harvard Medical School (Health Sciences and Technology) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After advanced training in neurosurgery at the University of Southern California and University of Toronto, Kuo was recruited to UW-Madison, where he created successful clinical and research programs by assembling multidisciplinary teams, mentoring and training colleagues and students across campus, and being awarded major grants for innovative research discoveries. He plans to pursue a similar strategy at Dell Med to advance the care of brain and spine patients, partnering with clinical and research colleagues in neuroscience, cancer and other areas to leverage Austin‚ technology and bioscience advances on campus and in the community. He also brings a commitment to mentoring students and faculty, for which he has won awards at Wisconsin, Harvard and MIT.

Through Dell Med’s Mulva Clinic and LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes, he looks forward to working closely with patients, families and health providers across the Austin community through outreach, talks, patient and family support groups, and events publicizing and connecting people to advances in cancer and neuroscience care that improve outcomes and quality of life.

Professional Affiliations
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Society of Neuro-Oncology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
Awards & Honors
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    Fellow
  • American College of Surgeons
    Fellow
  • America's Top Doctors
    Castle Connolly
  • Preuss Award
    AANS/CNS Joint Tumor Section