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Dr. Kenneth Liu

Neurosurgery
Charlottesville, VA
21 years experience male

Locations

University of Virginia Health System

Charlottesville, VA

Address

PO BOX 800212, Charlottesville, VA
Directions

Fax

(434) 924-9656

About

Bio

Kenneth Liu joined the faculty of the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Radiology at the University of Virginia in 2010. He is only one of a few neurosurgeons in Virginia with fellowship training in neurointerventional surgery, and is the only neurosurgeon in Virginia versed in both endovascular and skull base techniques. He is the Co-Director of both the Division of Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery and the Stroke Center at the University of Virginia.

Specialties
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Neurosurgery

Interventional Radiology

Neuroradiology

Doctor Q&A

101 Answers
26 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Depends.: It really depends on what part of your brain the operation is performed and for what condition. Assuming everything goes well, it is normal to experie... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Ignore: Recovering from a stroke can be very frustrating as the process is often lengthy. Be patient.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Maybe. : It sounds suspicious. I would see your doctor. You may benefit from an MRI.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
See a surgeon.: If you are referring to idiopathic intracranial hypertension, some patients respond with medications, other with surgical procedures, such as shunts o... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Blood flow.: The sound is probably from blood rushing through narrowed veins and should change with your body position and how hydrated you are. If you have IIH wi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Maybe.: Yes, it is possible. Consult with a neurosurgeon if you would like more information.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Ignore: Talk to your physician about trying epidural steroid injections prior to considering surgery.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Ignore: Most symptoms will resolve on their own without surgery within two years.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Ignore: Given enough time, most symptoms from a pinched nerve will resolve on their own without surgery.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Ignore: Take lots of naps. Resting your brain will help you feel clearer and have less headaches.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Nothing?: If you've made it to 18, it is probably not symptomatic. If you are concerned about the appearance, you can consult with a plastic surgeon or neurosur... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Normal. : This is fairly normal after that kind of procedure. It should improve within a week or two. If it gets worse, you should let your surgeon know.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Probably.: While it may miss tiny aneurysms, the MRA you had done is a good screening exam for brain aneurysms.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Maybe. : It could be part of the cause. Speak to a surgeon for more information.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
See your physician.: Low back pain is a common complaint. When associated with other symptoms, it may be a good idea to talk to your physician to see if an imaging study l... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
See your doctor.: If your headaches are new, you should speak with your doctor for an appropriate evaluation.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Doubtful.: It's probably just leftover stuff from the cold. If you have a high fever, severe headache, and a very stiff neck, or if you feel you are not improvin... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
See your doctor.: Your family doctor should be able to decide whether you should see a neurosurgeon or a dermatologist.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Not enough.: The amount depends on the location and seniority of the resident, but typically averages US$40,000.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Probably normal. : What they describe is a fairly normal finding of the aging process. If you have neurological symptoms, they could represent something abnormal. You ca... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Maybe. : If the symptoms persist or if you are concerned, please contact the prescribing physician.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Water on the brain.: Hydrocephalus is a generic term for a variety of conditions that result in too much spinal fluid in your brain. This can occur when there is a problem... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Depends.: Hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, can produce symptoms of headache, visual loss, vomiting, and lethargy. If your are concerned, speak to your phys... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
No. : Shunt surgery to fix or modify the shunt should only be performed if your brain requires it. If you are not sure, speak to your surgeon.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
See your surgeon.: A lot of operations to correct scoliosis are a big deal and can take several months to recover from, during which it may be difficult for you to work.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Anywhere.: It can occur wherever you have nerves, so both in your brain, spinal cord, and your body.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
See a surgeon.: It sounds like parts of your brain may be under pressure from the tumor. A good treatment for this is surgery to remove the mass. Speak to a surgeon f... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Sort of.: That is a good sign that it has recurred. However, a small percentage of brain aneurysms can recur after a coiling procedure and so should be followed... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Probably not.: Lyrica (pregabalin) tends to be better tolerated than Neurontin. If you have concerns, contact your prescribing physician.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Stress?: An eye twitch can be due to numerous things, including stress. If you are concerned, call your physician.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Split spine.: Spina bifida is a generic term used to describe congenital malformations of the spine (typically lower spine). It can be mild to very severe and be as... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Depends.: A CT angiogram is a more detailed examination than an ultrasound. An ultrasound will often over-estimate stenosis. Spinal stenosis is not related to a... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Ignore: Consider avoiding medicines that treat seizures, depression, and anxiety.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Scarring. : It is a generic way to say there has been some microscopic scarring, either from prior damage or inflammation.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Unknown.: Neurotoxins keep neurons from functioning normally. This can result in your brain and nervous system not working as well as it could.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Sure. : You might get carpal tunnel from playing flute, too.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
See your doctor.: You may benefit from an MRI to try to figure out why you are having these symptoms. You may have a pinched nerve from a disc or bone spur.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Take it easy.: You may want to give your muscles a break for a bit.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Maybe.: A CT myelogram can sometimes demonstrate if there is a blockage somewhere. An MRI is sometimes used to look at CSF flow in the brain. Speak to your ne... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
You ARE strong. : You are unlikely to be suffering from a clinical anxiety or depression disorder. Visit your physician if you are concerned or have questions.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Yes.: Recovery from meningitis can involve all of the symptoms that you describe. Typically, these symptoms slowly improve with time (can take years).
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Unsure.: Recovering from meningitis is a slow process and can take anywhere from weeks, months, to years. Every patient's brain is different. Talk to your phys... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Time.: There is really no medicine or procedure that can improve or hasten recovery from brain damage. Your brain will heal with time. The best thing a patie... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Depends.: It depends on the surgeon and the approach chosen by the surgeon. Some surgeons only do a minimal shave, others take off more hair.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Ignore: The journey is long / And lots of patience is key / You will get better.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Probably not. : It doesn't sound like a brain aneurysm, but if you want to be sure, you should see your doctor.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Depends.: It would depend on what you need spinal surgery for. Sometimes, physical therapy, yoga, and massage can help symptoms associated with spinal problems.... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
No.: Monitoring is typically used during neurosurgical procedures where the surgeon and anesthesiologist want to keep tabs on the brain during the operatio... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Patience.: Unfortunately, removing AVMs only occasionally helps with pain. AVMs are removed to reduce your bleeding risk in the future, not necessarily to help ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
Creatinine.: Your doctor is likely checking your kidney function to make sure it is safe for you to have the contrast.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Liu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Liu is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you very much for your answer. It helped ease my mind. Sincerely grateful.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Big thank you for your prompt answer will definitely put it to my GP.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you if I have it tomorrow I wil go to my primary care dr

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

OHSU HOSPITAL AND CLINICS
Completed 2008

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Charlottesville Region - Summer
2014
Top Neurosurgeon , First Place, Virginia - Summer
2014
Most Influential Doctor, First Place, Charlottesville Region - Summer
2014

Affiliations

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons / Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Cerebrovascular Section
Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery
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