Dr. Buch is a neurosurgeon with fellowship training in epilepsy, functional, and minimally invasive neurosurgery. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery of Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Buch focuses his expertise on the open and minimally invasive treatment of epilepsy, low grade brain tumors, movement and neuropsychiatric disorders, facial and body pain syndromes, and other complex neurological conditions. He uses advanced and innovative techniques to treat both adult and pediatric patients. For each patient, he develops a personalized care plan that is designed to be both comprehensive and compassionate.

Dr. Buch has conducted extensive research. His career goal is to develop restorative bioengineering approaches for complex neurocognitive, neurodevelopmental, and neuropsychiatric disorders. He is creating network-neuroprosthetics and focused ultrasound delivery mechanisms for precision cellular, gene, and molecular therapies to restore abnormal brain circuit function in these vulnerable patient populations. He is further pioneering novel intraoperative technologies including personalized network-based targeting, holographic mixed reality, and artificial intelligence platforms for minimally invasive cranial surgery.

He has co-authored articles on his research discoveries in Nature Medicine, Neuron, Brain, Annals of Surgery, Frontiers in Neuroscience, Epilepsia, Brain Stimulation, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Surgical Innovation, Frontiers in Surgery, Journal of Neurosurgery, and many other journals. Articles focus on developing novel network control theory applications to human brain functions and new techniques and technologies to enhance neurosurgical effectiveness and patient outcomes.

He is the Section Editor for NEUROSURGERY, and a guest editor for Surgical Innovation and Brain Sciences. He also has co-authored chapters in the books Neurosurgical Atlas, Operative Techniques in Epilepsy Surgery, Deep Brain Stimulation, and The Encyclopedia of Medical Robotics.

Dr. Buch has presented the findings of his research at the national conferences of numerous professional associations. Among them are the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Society for Neuroscience, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine. Topics include understanding network mechanisms of cognitive control and advances in the use of augmented reality technology to enhance neurosurgical approaches.

For his clinical, research, and academic achievements. Dr. Buch has earned many honors. He has won awards from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Roentgen Ray Society, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Buch is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, and Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

He holds patents on such topics as artificial intelligence systems designed to help guide surgery and neural control signals for behavioral modification and closed-loop stimulation therapy.

Professional Summary

Education & Certifications
  • Fellowship: Stanford University Dept of Neurosurgery (2021) CA
  • Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania Dept of Neurology PA
  • Instructor, Stanford University, Epilepsy, Restorative, and Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery (2021)
  • Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, Epilepsy and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery (2020)
  • Residency: University of Pennsylvania Dept of GME (2020) PA
  • Medical Education: Warren Alpert Medical School Brown University (2013) RI
  • Research Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute - National Institutes of Health, Complex Network Science (2012)

Honors & Awards
  • “Rookie of the Year” Influencers of Healthcare Nomination, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • 2nd Place Overall Abstract Award, North American Neuromodulation Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Selection, Medical National Honor Society
  • Annual Meeting Best Oral Presentation, Pennsylvania Neurosurgical State Society
  • Award, Who’s Who in America
  • Best Poster Award, Movement Disorders, American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Cover Article Selection, Epilepsia
  • Dr. Stanley M. Aronson Award -- Most Outstanding Student in Neurosciences in MD Class of 2013, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2013)
  • Editor’s Choice, World Neurosurgery Best Papers
  • Editor’s Choice: Best Papers, Journal of Neurosurgery Peds
  • Invited Speaker, PennHealthX Medical Innovation Symposium
  • National Innovation Cohort Selection, Best Team, Lead Inventor, FedTech
  • National Innovation Pre-Accelerator Advancement Selection, FedTech
  • National Institutes of Health Research Scholar Selection, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • New Investigator Award Finalist, Rhode Island Hospital Research Celebration
  • Nomination, STAT Wunderkinds
  • Nomination for TV Documentary Series, “New Frontiers in Neurosurgery”
  • Pilot Award, Penn Health-Tech Medical Device Competition
  • Podium Presentation Selection, American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Podium Presentation Selection Functional Scientific Session, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Podium Presentation Selections, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Presidential Scholar, United States Department of Education
  • Resident Award, American Roentgen Ray Society
  • Sigma Xi Research Award -- Most Outstanding Student Researcher in MD Class of 2013, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2013)
  • Young Neurosurgeon of the Year Award - Functional & Restorative Neurosurgery, Congress of Neurological Surgeons


Practice Locations

Comprehensive Epilepsy Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Neurosurgery Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Deep Brain Stimulation Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Movement Disorders Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-6469

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Very good at giving us the information that we needed to know. Very helpful in answering our questions.
Appreciate Dr. Vivek Buch medical care.
He was very personable and understanding. I appreciate that.
Great staff
Very thoughtful, informative, curtius, seemed genuinely concerned and extremely knowledgeable.
He is the epitome of what a medical professional should be. He was not rushed in giving me the information I was looking for and answered many questions about my specific case. His knowledge base and how he tied my issues together gave me a lot of confidence in him.
Dr. Buch takes time with his patients like few doctors these days!
I could not be more pleased with this visit!
Very empathetic
Dr. Buch is a good doctor and cares about his patients. He comes across sincere and takes time to explain the procedure.
Seemed very knowledgeable about the procedure and thoroughly answered all our questions. Highly recommend him and his staff.
Dr Buch, Erica, and Jeff Solomon were very helpful.
Was very pleased with my Dr and his team
I thought he was very friendly compassionate knowledgeable.
I think your team performed a miracle for me.
Dr. Buch seems an extremely well-informed doctor, and very personable too. He was a pleasure to converse with, while remaining completely connected to the facts. He put me at ease because of this. Putting one's wellness in another's hands literally is an exchange of trust, and I came out of this visit with a positive impression. I appreciated his taking my every query seriously. Thank you.
The appointment was well organised. I asked all questions and got the professional answers. The software worked without delays. The software is simple and convenient.
Super fantastic!
Dr bush has excellent bedside manner and brings all conversations to a level that I can understand.
Dr. Buch helped my wife and I to understand what phase 3 entailed and explained what would be happening during the procedure in great detail.
Grateful for his expertise and knowledge.
This is the third time I have been admitted to Stanford and all three times represent the best medical experiences that I have ever had in my life. During this Epilepsy study, my doctors were absolutely phenomenal, my nurses had excellent bedside manner and were always attentive to my needs. Also, the research trial team that I worked with were extremely professional and made the process easy to understand. This is by far the best medical institution in California, if not the entire country.
He is very kind, caring and explains things well. This was my first visit with Dr. Buch and I look forward to meeting him in person soon.
very professional, friendly
Ms Erika Lim was thorough and professional as well as kind and understanding in the initial interview. I felt briefed and prepared to meet with Dr Buch. Dr Buch explained the procedure and realistic expectations for the outcome. He is personable and exudes confidence. I felt like I was meeting with my long term primary care Dr.
He is empathetic and knowledgeable!
Traci Hornbeck, PA and Vivek Buch, MD were thorough in their explanations. Very professional and empathetic.
Great staff! Thank you for everything you do!
Great people
Dr. Buch was very informative,patient, he took great time to discuss our concerns and my husbands symptoms. We are actually looking forward to the process and feel hopeful.
Dr Buch is incredibly knowledgeable and patiently answered all of our questions. The whole neurology team is attentive with good communication
Great surgeon! He provided me a clear explanation of the surgeries that have been planned for me, the high-level plan for the surgery and the 'why' behind the plan. He also explained the side-effects of the surgery during and post-surgery. The consultation with Dr. Buch gave me a lot of confidence ahead of my surgeries.

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