Dr. Isaac Yang

Associate Professor, UCLA Neurosurgery


Dr. Isaac Yang is a neurosurgeon specializing in the surgical treatment and clinical outcomes of adult brain and spinal cord tumors at UCLA with an emphasis on acoustic neuromas, skull base tumors, and state of the art, intra-operative brain motor and neurophysiologic mapping to safely maximize tumor resection. Dr. Yang is experienced in neuro-oncology surgical treatment for patients with very complex brain tumors, skull base tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, anaplastic astrocytomas, and glioblastomas. Dr. Yang has received a number of national awards and grants to honor his research work in brain tumors and excellence in treating and caring for patients. As a principal investigator at the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, his extensive research interests include optimizing brain tumor clinical outcomes, novel nanoparticles against brain tumors, and experimental glioblastoma therapies like brain tumor vaccines. Dr. Yang is collaborating with the UCLA NanoSystems Institute to utilize novel nanoparticles in cutting edge use of nanoparticles for potential brain tumor treatments and immunotherapy. In addition to his basic science research, Dr. Yang conducts research efforts into brain tumor outcomes of patients with brain tumors seeking to maximize safe and effective treatments for patients with brain tumors. As the oldest son of South Korean immigrants, Isaac Yang was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Lodi, California in the central valley. Dr. Yang received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley with a double major in Molecular and Cell Biology emphasis in Neurobiology and Social Welfare emphasis in Sociology with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa. Isaac earned his medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine with AOA honors and publishing his early brain tumor research earning the UCLA Lasky Memorial Research Award. He matriculated to his residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he graduated with Naffziger Resident of the Year honors. While at UCSF, Dr. Yang also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in brain tumor molecular biology and immunotherapy in the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center. Dr. Isaac Yang has served on the admissions committees for medical school, internship, and residency at both UCLA and UCSF Medical Center with over 8 years of experience with admissions. He is dedicated to mentoring passionate students developing into people who help make a difference in the world.

Honors and Awards

  • UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery 2010

    • Howard Nafzigger Resident of the Year Award​

  • San Francisco State University Cellular Neuroscience 2010

    • Clinical & Translational Science Resident Research Award 

  • ​American Association Neurological Surgeons 2010

    • ​Integra Foundation Brain Tumor Research Award

  • ​San Francisco Neurological Society 2010

    • ​Edwin F. Boldrey Award for Basic Science Research

  • ​American Medical Student Association 2009

    • ​Golden Scalpel Award

  • American College of Surgeons 2009

    • National Resident Teaching Finalist

  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine 2009

    • Outstanding Teaching Award

  • American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons 2009

    • Resident Research Award

  • ​University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Dept of Surgery 2009

    • ​Englebert Dunphy Resident Research Selection

  • ​San Francisco Neurological Society 2009

    • ​Kaiser Award for Clinical Research

  • ​Neurosurgery Clinics of North America 2009​​​​​​

    • ​Guest Editor

  • ​American Association Neurological Surgeons 2009​​

    • ​Leksell Radiosurgery Award

  • ​University of California San Francisco Brain Tumor Research Center 2009

    • ​Clinical and Translational Scientist Training Research Award

  • ​NIH Research Training Grant (NINDS) F32 CA132489-01A1 2008

    • ​Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)        

  • ​Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) 2007

    • ​Dandy Clinical Research Fellowship Award

  • ​American Medical Student Association 2005

    • ​Distinguished Mentor Award

  • ​UCLA School of Medicine Dean’s Scholar Outstanding Thesis Award 2004

  • Lasky Memorial Research Award of the UCLA School of Medicine 2004

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society 2003

  • American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Golden Apple Award 2001, 2003

  • Letters of Distinction at UCLA School of Medicine 2001-2002

  • UC Berkeley Social Welfare Scholastic Award 2000

  • UC Berkeley Academic Senate Outstanding Graduate Instructor 1999

  • Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha of California Chapter) 1999

  • UC Berkeley McLaughlin-Willits Scholarship 1998-1999

  • UC Berkeley Chemistry Dept. Outstanding GSI Teaching Award 1997, 1998

  • UC Berkeley Chemistry Dept. Outstanding GSI Teaching Award 1997, 1998


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