Dr. Kenneth Liu

Neurosurgery
Charlottesville, VA
22 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Ignore: Recovering from a stroke can be very frustrating as the process is often lengthy. Be patient.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Ignore: Take lots of naps. Resting your brain will help you feel clearer and have less headaches.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Not enough.: The amount depends on the location and seniority of the resident, but typically averages US$40,000.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Stress?: An eye twitch can be due to numerous things, including stress. If you are concerned, call your physician.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Ignore: Most symptoms will resolve on their own without surgery within two years.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
See your doctor.: Your family doctor should be able to decide whether you should see a neurosurgeon or a dermatologist.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Maybe.: Yes, it is possible. Consult with a neurosurgeon if you would like more information.
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Maybe. : If the symptoms persist or if you are concerned, please contact the prescribing physician.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
See your doctor.: If your headaches are new, you should speak with your doctor for an appropriate evaluation.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Anywhere.: It can occur wherever you have nerves, so both in your brain, spinal cord, and your body.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Ignore: Talk to your physician about trying epidural steroid injections prior to considering surgery.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Probably.: While it may miss tiny aneurysms, the MRA you had done is a good screening exam for brain aneurysms.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Ignore: Given enough time, most symptoms from a pinched nerve will resolve on their own without surgery.
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Probably not.: Lyrica (pregabalin) tends to be better tolerated than Neurontin. If you have concerns, contact your prescribing physician.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Maybe. : It sounds suspicious. I would see your doctor. You may benefit from an MRI.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Maybe. : It could be part of the cause. Speak to a surgeon for more information.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 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
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Not sure.: Headaches can come from many different sources. Barometric pressure changes that occur with different weather conditions can affect your sinuses which... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Control BP.: The most important thing is to strictly control the blood pressure. This can be done with an IV drip of Cardene (nicardipine) or something to keep SBP... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Arthritis.: It is a relatively normal finding in the spine as we age. Sometimes, bone spur formation can put pressure on nearby nerves and pinch them, causing lot... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
It's possible. : Shunts can stop working at any time. Speak to your physician if you are concerned.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Probably.: If you are talking about a lumbar (lower back) microdiscectomy, you pretty much need to do a laminotomy to get to the disc fragment or disc.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Maybe.: Sometimes, you can develop a condition called "subclavian steal" where the arm steals blood from the brain causing dizziness. Fixing the narrowing (so... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
It varies. : Symptoms can include severe pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected arm and shoulder. Make an appointment to see your physician if you're concerne... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Unknown.: Probably wouldn't hurt, though.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Not concerned. : Mild to moderate headaches and ringing in the ears are common symptoms after hitting your head. If you develop persistent severe headaches, nausea and... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
No.: Sometimes multiple sclerosis does not show up on MRIs. Speak to your neurologist for more details.
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A male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Not necessarily. : Tumors are just one of the many many things that can cause headaches and thankfully are one of the rarer ones. If you are concerned, speak to your phy... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Yes.: It is normal to experience sensations like that. Normally, they will typically get less and less as time goes on. Speak to your surgeon if they are in... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Either.: Depending on the location of the tumor, one or both sides of your body can be affected. Speak to your physician if you are concerned.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Pork.: The peptide was initially discovered and identified in pig brains, though in humans, it is generally secreted by the heart.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
No.: Typically, these cysts do not place pressure on the brain or cause problems with spinal fluid circulation. The cyst should be monitored by a neurosurg... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Lymph node.: It could just be a swollen lymph node. Make an appointment to see your doctor to have this examined.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Unlikely.: All brain tumors have the potential to turn aggressive. Most surgeons will watch tumors such as yours by taking a picture once a year to make sure it ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Stop smoking.: If you smoke, you greatly increase your chances for a stroke.
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Liu
Neurosurgery 22 years experience
Yes.: I think that is a good place to start. If you are unable to control your symptoms with steroids, speak to your surgeon about a second procedure.
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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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