Michael Lim, M.D.

Neurosurgeon


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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Biography


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.

Professional Summary


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

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Practice Locations


Brain and Spine Tumor Center at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

213 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 497-7777

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(26 Ratings)

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Dr. Lim was incredibly informed before we met. The appointment was succinct, efficient and I left with a high degree of confidence about the options that were presented to me.
He is a phenomenal doctor that goes above and beyond for his patients. He is what the definition of healthcare should be
Dr. Lim is so compassionate and caring to his patients - his goal is to give you the best care possible and for you to have the best quality of life. Have never encountered a physician with such personal attention and availability- thank you Dr. Lim you have demonstrated what a Dr. Should do for his patients - treating them as individuals and not just the next patient! May God bless him and his entire staff
Dr. Liam was friendly, professional, and answered all of my questions.
Amazing doctor and staff, wish I lived closer.
Every single person I encountered was so nice! Great service.
He's amazing!
Wonderful doesn't adequately cover it. Getting quick appt (Thank you!), then an Outstanding Dr! . Need a new category like "Super Amazing"
Dr Lim was very helpful and resourceful. I appreciated his compassion.
Absolutely the best Surgeon. He gave me my life back.
It was an excellent visit with Dr. Lim. Dr. Lim changed my life that I can live painfree for the first time in over a decade. His compassion and care are beyond reproach. Elizabeth Lee and Kelli Jew have been amazing as well and share that same spirit. The whole Stanford team is outstanding and made me feel very comfortable with every visit. I highly recommend Stanford Hospital!
Excellent visit Dr. Lim is very kind and caring along with being very knowledgeable.
I found Dr. Lim to be extremely personable and knowledgable. His demeanor is very reassuring and his self-confidence and intention to help his patients as much as he possibly can, while doing no harm, is evident in the clear and honest answers he gave to my questions and concerns. I felt that he gave me his full attention throughout the consult. I am certain that if I choose to proceed with any surgical intervention to treat my condition that I will feel as confident as possible by choosing Dr. Lim.
Dr. Michael Lim is a very caring compassionate and knowledgeable individual. He is a blessing to the medical field
He’s an amazing physician. He explains the information very well and is sure to check for understanding before continuing.
Very helpfully and insightfully
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.
Dr Lim is the highest caliber doctor and physician and surgeon, and the best neurosurgeon in the world
Very nice and respectful. He answered all my questions, he made me feel very comfortable before and after my procedure.
Excellent, caring doctor who takes the time to address patient's concerns.
I am very pleased with Dr. Lim . HE HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL TO ME. Being from Fresno it was nice to be able to do a video follow up.
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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