Stanford University School of Medicine recruits new Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

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Stanford University School of Medicine recruits new Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

17 Aug, 2020


Dr. Michael Lim recruited to lead Stanford’s Department of Neurosurgery

Dr. Michael Lim - New Chair of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of MedicineDr. Michael Lim, a clinician, surgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins who has focused largely on immunotherapy for brain tumors, will succeed Gary Steinberg as chair of the department, starting Sept. 1.

Michael Lim, MD, the incoming chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, specializes in immunotherapy for brain tumors.

Michael Lim, MD, professor of neurosurgery, oncology, otolaryngology and radiation oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery. Lim will assume the post on Sept. 1.

Lim succeeds Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD, who after 25 years as department chair will be stepping down to concentrate on his clinical practice, research and teaching.

“I’m delighted that Michael Lim will be joining us,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine. “Dr. Lim has proven himself a clinician, surgeon and researcher of the highest order. This depth and breadth of experience make him uniquely qualified to elevate our already preeminent Department of Neurosurgery.”

Lim’s research and medical practice have been focused largely on immunotherapy for brain tumors. He has co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, headed numerous clinical trials, and trained more than 50 medical residents and postdoctoral scholars. He is the director of Johns Hopkins’ brain tumor therapy program, metastatic brain tumor center, stereotactic radiosurgery division and trigeminal neurology center.

“As an experienced neurosurgeon, Dr. Lim utilizes the most advanced techniques,” Minor said. “As a patient-care provider, he has been recognized for his empathetic care by his peers and patients. In addition, he has garnered numerous teaching awards and is actively involved in shaping education for organized neurosurgery and oncology nationally and internationally.”

After earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire in 1995 and his medical degree at Johns Hopkins in 2000, Lim completed an internship and residency at Stanford. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 2007.

“Dr. Lim is an accomplished, Stanford-trained brain tumor neurosurgeon and scientist, who will continue to instill the open, friendly and supportive environment that we value so much,” said Steinberg, the Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst Professor in Neurosurgery and Neurosciences. “I’m excited to see how he continues to expand Stanford’s preeminence in the field of neurosurgery, and to build upon our culture of diversity, discovery, excellence and distinction.”

While at Stanford, Lim was trained by Steinberg, whom he described as “an incredible surgeon and scientist who had a great vision for this department and promoted it into one of the world’s best neurosurgery programs.”

“This department has incredible depth and breadth on both the clinical and the research side,” Lim added. “I see many great opportunities to expand on this work, with an eye to continuing to push to personalize medicine and restore function to people. It is a true privilege to work with such an amazing group of faculty, scientists, residents and staff. I’m honored and very excited to serve our patients, the people in our department and Stanford.”


Comprised of 60 neurosurgeons and research faculty, and performing over 4000 neurosurgical operations covering the full spectrum of neurological conditions every year, we are consistently ranked among the best centers in the nation for neurosurgery. We are fortunate to have excellent facilities and the most technologically advanced equipment in the world to help us treat neurological diseases for both adult and pediatric patients. In addition, our hospitals offer the only Level 1 Trauma Center between San Francisco and San Jose, and our Stroke Center was the first in the nation to be certified as a comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. These certifications recognize our hospitals as having state-of-the-art equipment, infrastructure, staffing and training to diagnose and treat patients with the most severe and complex cases. Together, we are driving forward the most innovative technologies in neurosurgery – from cutting-edge neuroscience research and clinical trials to the widespread clinical implementation of our discoveries.

About Stanford University School of Medicine

A leader in the biomedical revolution, Stanford Medicine has a long tradition of leadership in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols and effective clinical therapies.

Our close proximity to the resources of the university — including the Schools of Business, Law, Humanities and Sciences, and Engineering, our seamless relationship with our affiliated adult and children’s hospitals, and our ongoing associations with the entrepreneurial endeavors of Silicon Valley, make us uniquely positioned to accelerate the pace at which new knowledge is translated into tangible health benefits.










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Stanford University School of Medicine Press Release – New Chair of Neurosurgery, Dr. Michael Lim

Johns Hopkins Medicine – Bio for Dr. Michael Lim, Neurosurgery

About Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Michael Lim CV via Johns Hopkins Medicine

Stanford Department of Neurosurgery – About 




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