Michael Lim, M.D.


Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy), of Medicine (Oncology), of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) and of Neurology

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Dr. Lim is the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and a board-certified neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumors and trigeminal neuralgia.

Dr. Lim’s clinical interests include the treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, with special interest in gliomas, meningiomas, metastatic tumors, and skull base tumors. Dr. Lim also specializes in surgical treatments for trigeminal neuralgia. During his time at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Lim built one of the largest brain tumor and trigeminal neuralgia practices and utilized the most advanced surgical technologies and techniques for his patients. As a passionate voice for patient experience, he has been recognized by his peers and patients for his integrity and compassionate care, including a Service Excellence Award from HealthNetwork Foundation.

As a mentor, he has garnered numerous teaching awards, including being honored as an outstanding teacher by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is actively involved in shaping education for neurosurgery and oncology across the United States and around the world.

Dr. Lim’s research interests focus on harnessing the immune system to fight cancer. His laboratory focuses on understanding mechanisms of immune evasion by cancer cells. He has successfully translated his findings from the laboratory to the clinics and has conducted and led several large national immunotherapy clinical trials for brain tumors.

Dr. Lim’s bibliography contains well over 200 articles on topics such as immunotherapy for glioblastoma, long-term survival of glioma patients treated with stereotactic radiation, and treatment of neuropathic pain. His work has appeared in Science Translational Medicine, Clinical Cancer Research, Lancet Oncology, Nature Immunology, and many more publications. He also has written 20 book chapters and monographs.

Dr. Lim is a world leader in immunotherapy for brain tumors. In addition to being invited world-wide to give lectures and seminars, he has given platform presentations on the topics of immunotherapy for brain tumors, neurosurgical techniques and management of brain tumors at the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, Radiological Society of North America, Annual Symposium on Brain and Spine Metastases, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and other meetings. In addition, he has served as platform chairman of the CNS session at the American Society for Clinical Oncology conference.

Dr. Lim is a member of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and Society for Neuro-Oncology. Dr. Lim served as the program co-chair of the Society for Neuro-Oncology and CNS section of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. He also served on many executive committees, including the Executive Committee for the Joint Tumor Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

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Professional Education
  • Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery (2012)
  • Residency: Stanford University Neurosurgery Residency (2007) CA
  • Medical Education: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2000) MD


Practice Locations

Stanford Brain and Spine Tumor Center ,

Facial Pain Program ,

Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center ,

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center ,

Brain Tumor Center at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center ,

Skull Base Surgery Program ,

Neurosurgery Program ,

Stroke Center ,

Pituitary Center ,


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Dr Lim is most caring and professional medical expert I have been experienced. I live in east coast and used to be a patient his tenure in Johns Hopkins. I was very sad when he left for Stanford but he happily agreed to be my doctor in Stanford. I am very happy and satisfied with his service and Stanford is very fortunate to have a medical professional like Dr Lim in its faculty member.
Very nice and respectful. He answered all my questions, he made me feel very comfortable before and after my procedure.
I am following Dr Michael Lim across the continent. I have been his patient since 2018 when he was in John Hopkins. I did research online and found out great comments on him. My three years experiences echoed that. I can’t thank him more for taking me as his patient since then. Amongst all the stress and frustration that I have to seek help from a neurosurgery department. One lucky thing is that I am in good hands of Dr Lim. He is professional and compassionate. He is super talented. But you know when you talk to him , his decision is around your well being instead of showing off his talent and skills. Don’t ask me why I say this. I talked to other doctors prior to seeing Dr Lim. Thank you Dr Lim!

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