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

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Harvard Medical School, MD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD


Residency, Neurological Surgery, University of Southern California

Fellowship, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, University of Southern California

Fellowship, Brain Tumor, University of Toronto

Biography and Education

Clinical Biography

John Kuo, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS, is a board-certified neurosurgeon and the Surgical Director for UT Health Austin’s Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. He specializes in treating patients with pituitary tumors, brain tumors, and brain metastases using advanced neurosurgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. Additionally, Dr. Kuo is a professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Neurosurgery and a courtesy professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Oncology. He also serves as the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Director of Neuro-Oncology for the Dell Medical School.

Dr. Kuo earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) award. He completed both a residency in neurological surgery and an advanced fellowship in stereotactic radiosurgery at the University of Southern California and was awarded an American Brain Tumor Association postdoctoral fellowship in brain tumor molecular biology at the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre of the University of Toronto.

Dr. Kuo was previously a professor of neurological surgery, served as the Director of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program, and led the Carbone Cancer Center Brain Tumors Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over 12 years, he organized and led multidisciplinary teams to deliver high-quality clinical care for brain tumors and pituitary tumors, advanced discoveries from research to clinical trials, and won teaching awards and federal research grants. He has given many national and international talks around the world, is a featured physician on the Pituitary Networks Association, and won recognition as one of America’s Top Surgeons, Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors, and Austin Monthly’s Top Doctors.


  • Brain metastases
  • Brain tumors (benign and malignant)
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

Board Certification

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons
  • Austin Monthly Top Doctor
  • Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors
  • CRC America’s Top Surgeons
  • High Demand Faculty, University of Wisconsin
  • Preuss Award, AANS/CNS Joint Tumor Section
  • Society of University Surgeons



  • UT Health Austin Clinics
    Health Transformation Building
    1601 Trinity Street, Bldg. A
    Austin, TX 78712
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Insurance Accepted

Insurance Accepted

  • AARP Medicare Complete Focus Essential HMO
  • AARP Medicare Complete Focus HMO
  • Accountable Health Plan/Interplan (SPHN)
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage
  • Aetna PPO/HMO (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • Aetna Seton Health Alliance
  • Aetna Whole Health
  • Ambetter-Superior Health Plan - Exchange Plan
  • Amerigroup/Amerivantage Classic
  • Beech Street PPO (SPHN)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Advantage HMO/Health Select (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice PPO/UT Select
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Essentials/Blue Essentials Access - Exchange Plan
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PAR Plan
  • Cigna - All plans
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Coventry (SPHN)
  • Dell Children’s Health Plan STAR/CHIP
  • EHN/WEB TPA - (Whole Foods)
  • First Care Access PPO Network (SPHN)
  • First Health (SPHN)
  • Firstcare HMO (SPHN) (All HMO plans require a referral)
  • Galaxy (SPHN)
  • Health Payors Organization (SPHN)
  • Healthsmart (SPHN)
  • Humana HMOx
  • Humana Medicare Advantage - all plans EXCEPT Humana Medicare Gold Plus. (Out of network for all Humana Medicare HMO Plans)
  • Humana PPO/HMO/Choice Care (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • Integrated Medical Systems PPO (SPHN)
  • Medicaid/TMHP
  • Medicare Part B Traditional fee for service (Novitas)
  • Multiplan (SPHN) (PHCS is out of network)
  • Optum
  • Oscar Healthcare (SPHN)
  • Seton Health Plan Smarthealth
  • Sendero IdealCare
  • Superior Health Plan STAR/CHIP/STAR KIDS
  • United Healthcare AARP PPO
  • United Healthcare All Savers/Choice/Choice Plus/PPO/HMO (All HMO Plans require a referral)
  • United Healthcare Community Plan - Medicaid
  • United Healthcare Medicare
  • United Healthcare One
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete Focus HMO
  • United Student Resources PPO (SPHN)
  • USA Managed Care (SPHN)
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