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John S. Kuo, MD,PhD, FAANS, FACS


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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.


Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of Southern California

Advanced Fellowships, University of Southern California/University of Toronto

Care Information

Clinical Biography

John Kuo, MD is a neurosurgeon with UT Health Austin’s Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. A native of Taiwan, Dr. Kuo immigrated to New York City at age 9, earning his undergraduate degree from Harvard College as well as a M.D. and Ph.D. through a joint program created by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. At UT Health Austin, Dr. Kuo will treat patients with brain tumors and pituitary tumors.

Dr. Kuo was previously associate with 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.

After advanced training in neurosurgery and orthopedic spine trauma at the University of Southern California and University of Toronto, he 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’s 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.


  • Pituitary tumor
  • Brain tumor

Board Certification

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgery
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, 2017
  • High Demand Faculty Award, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, 2017, 2015
  • Preuss Award, for the Best Basic Science Research, AANS/CNS Joint Tumor Section, 2015
  • Society of University Surgeons, 2015
  • America’s Top Doctors, 2012-17
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