I grew up in Mission Viejo, CA and after going through my medical school education at the Stanford University School of Medicine and residency and fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, I decided to return home to start my neurosurgery practice. It’s a privilege to serve the community I grew up in and I hope to bring the world class training I received from the institutions I came from to Orange County. During my time at Johns Hopkins, the neurosurgery program was ranked #1 in U.S. News and World Report and had one of the largest surgical volumes in the country. I pursued an accredited fellowship in complex spine reconstruction and spinal oncology which embraced both neurosurgery and orthopedic approaches to spine treatment.
As to the care I provide to my patients in my practice, my goal is to educate patients and their families regarding their spinal and neurological conditions and guide them through their treatment, whether that be conservative non-operative care or surgical management. I make it a point to emphasize conservative care and recommend surgery only when absolutely necessary. If surgery is an option for patients, I elect for more minimally invasive techniques when they make sense. I strive to be sincere in my advice, and I take the trust that my patients and their families place in me seriously. If you are reading my web page, I hope this comes out.
My staff is made up of my medical assistants, Hella and Margarita, and my physician assistant Lauren Heinze, and nurse practitioner Lindsey Watkins. We work together to be as available as possible for our patients and to provide superior care. Please do not hesitate to e-mail us or directly call us to make an appointment. We look forward to helping you.
Very truly yours,
Jason Liauw, M.D. Board-Certified Neurological Surgeon
Medical Director, Memorial Care Neuroscience Institute
Director of Neurosurgery, Mission Hospital–Laguna Beach
Member of the Orange County Neurosurgical Associates, the largest and busiest neurosurgery group in Orange County.
What can Dr. Liauw offer you?
Top US Neurosurgeon
One of the leading US neurosurgeons specializing in minimally invasive spine neurosurgery.
Cutting-edge technology and equipment for minimally invasive spine treatment for a wide range of neurological conditions.
Patient-centered service, available on Saturdays at our Laguna Beach facility, focused on preventative care in a more enjoyable and stress-free setting.
Our staff are the best-qualified and compassionate care professionals committed to delivering a higher standard of care.
With the growing demand of neurological emergency care, Dr. Liauw is dedicated to providing emergency care at various facilities across Orange County.
Serving Orange County at the MemorialCare Saddleback Hospital in Laguna Hills and the Mission Hospitals in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach.
Research & Innovation
Dr. Liauw has presented research at national and international spine and neurosurgery meetings and has published numerous scientific articles. Dr. Liauw actively engages in translational research in neurosurgery and has designed many neurosurgical implants for the spine and brain. He has been involved in clinical trials and has been scientific founding member of two companies, one of which has achieved FDA clearance. Currently he is an active member in the Stanford University Medical School Alumni Association, the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society.
A good word means a lot
It’s always the word of mouth that’s the best advice. Here are some of ours…
Dr. Liauw is the best!
This was my second lumbar surgery with Dr. Liauw. Both were very successful, with no complications. His competence and professional demeanor, were a large factor in my lack of stress. At age 75, confidence in the doctor is a huge factor, both pre- and post surgery. Dr. Liauw, and his very good P.A., Ms. Lauren Heinz, were always prompt with responding to questions. I will continue to recommend Dr. Liauw. A doctor’s interaction, on a personal level, with a patient, is so important. Dr Liauw is the best!
James D. in Laguna Hills
Dr. Liauw is an excellent surgeon!
Dr. Liauw is an excellent surgeon. He performed a very complicated neck stenosis surgery on Nov 9th, 2017. We are very happy with the outcome. He is a very caring and knowledgeable doctor. His demeanor is very pleasant and approachable doctor. His demeanor is very pleasant and approachable. We highly recommend his service to anyone in need of his neurosurgery expertise.
Angela N. in Laguna Hills
Huge thumbs up!
I went in because of a tumor that needed to be removed from my thoracic spine. Dr. Liauw is a highly specialized qualified surgeon. His background and education is impressive within itself. Johns Hopkins, Stanford and more. His hands are golden and so is his heart. I feel so lucky to have found such a brilliant and compassionate surgeon. My surgery was a month ago and I am doing excellent and the surgery could not have gone better. My balance has literally improved to normal. Huge thumbs up!
Rhonda in Laguna Niguel
Tremendous part of my healing and recovery
Dr. Liauw has been a tremendous part of my healing and recovery from my spinal cord injury. I was paralyzed from the chest down prior to surgery and now I am 100% independent and walking unassisted. Dr. Liauw is not only a highly skilled neurosurgeon but he has amazing bedside manner. He always takes the time to answer all my questions and I never feel rushed during my appointments. I want to thank Dr. Liauw for getting me back on my feet so I can live a full and normal life.
Steve W. in Laguna Hills
Has a wonderful way of explaining the process
I was referred to Dr. Liauw by Dr. Pham, my regular physician to get a second opinion on pain and right leg numbness. We met and I explained my situation. He listened and then explained what he could do. He requested a copy of my MRI and two days later my wife and I had a second visit with him. He made us both feel very comfortable about considering surgery. The surgery was performed and 8 weeks later, no pain! He is easy to talk with and has a wonderful way of explaining the process.
David D. in Ladera Ranch
Professional, attentive and compassionate
I have found Dr. Liauw to be extremely thorough, professional, attentive, and compassionate thru-out the entire time that I have been under his care. Unfortunately over the years I have had several surgeries and medical issues. I saw firsthand while I was in the hospital how Dr. Liauw treated everyone with respect. Compared to my past doctors it?s easy to see why the hospital staff thinks so highly of him. I can say without a doubt that Dr. Liauw and his staff (especially Rose) are the best.
Mark S. in Rancho Santa Margarita
Dr. Liauw is the best in his field!
Dr. Liauw is the best in his field! He’s very caring, trust worthy and confident in his work. He performed a complicated surgery and took great care of me before and after the surgery and had my mind at ease throughout the entire process. I am writing this testimonial to put other patient’s mind at ease when choosing Dr. Liauw. The staff was also great, always very helpful and got back to me very promptly in regards with scheduling and answering any questions I had. I highly recommend Dr. Liauw
Hope for a less painful future
1st visit with Dr. Liauw gave my wife and I some hope for a less painful future. Staff is very helpful!
Robert H. in Laguna Hills
He gave me my life back!
I woke up one morning with the worst pain in my life. I had pain shooting from my back to my left leg and could not walk. I tried physical therapy and some acupuncture that really didn’t help. I saw Dr Liauw who was so patient and informative. He gave me several options and I decided on surgery. He gave me my life back!
James R. in Downey
He’s the most compassionate Doctor
Dr. Liauw was called to assess my Nana for a spine fracture and he was able to provide hope in repairing her back. My Nana underwent spine surgery at the age of 80yrs old and could not be more satisfied by the level of care Dr. Liauw provided. He s the most compassionate Doctor I have ever met, he was super nice to my nana and most importantly he explained everything thoroughly so that my family and myself could understand. I thank GOD for putting Dr. Liauw in our health path!
Sonia C. in Aliso Viejo
What an awesome guy!
Dr. Jason Liauw! The best surgeon that I have ever encountered out of 6. He operated on my lower lumbar, added spacers and put in 2 titanium rods that rendered my back feeling so much relief in a short period of time. After the surgery he came to see me everyday to make sure that I was comfortable. He has the nicest bedside manner of any neurosurgeon in the world. What an awesome guy. He took consideration to where I was going to rehab my spine after surgery. He cared a lot. That was unusual.
Bernice C. in San Clemente
Dr. Liauw is a very good listener
Dr. Liauw is a very good listener and explainer. He’s thorough and conservative in his treatment.
Rick U. in Laguna Hills
I truly appreciate his skill and talent!
After several years of increasing back and leg pain, I decided to do something to resolve and put an end to the relentless pain and loss of mobility. Dr. Liauw provided me with the confidence to pursue surgery to repair L2- through S-2. Immediately after the surgical procedure I noticed my leg pain was gone and I was amazed with this excellent result. Following guidance from Dr. Liauw and his staff, I experienced a slow but certain recovery process. I am now 2 months after surgery and improving well beyond my expectations. I saw the X-Rays of my post-surgical spine and as an engineer I was truly impressed with the complex work and new apparatus Dr. Liauw expertly installed to stabilize and support my lower spine. I truly appreciate his skill and talent. Onward and upward.
Paul M. in Laguna Hills
Dr. Liauw, Lauren and entire office staff are amazing.
Dr. Liauw, Lauren and entire office staff are amazing. I have recommended practice to several people. Dr Liauw’s operative skills are incredible and did surgery for me that other neurosurgeons won’t recommend or do.
Laurel F. in Laguna Hills
What an amazing experience!
I came to Dr. Liauw in extreme pain. My previous medical evaluations from other doctors was “nothing can be done.“ Doctor Liauw said I think we can give you a chance at a full recovery. He was right! He put my crushed vertebrae back together and I am now pain free. Thank you Dr. Liauw and your terrific staff!
Vickie S. in Laguna Hills
Dr. Liauw has made a huge difference in my life.
The surgery is behind me and I am feeling a lot better. Dr. Liauw is an excellent physician, not only as a professional neurosurgeon but also as a human being, very easy to talk to, eager to explain things to the patient, he is kind and humble, yet has exceptional accomplishments. Great physician “all the way around“ 10+
Eugenia A. in Laguna Hills
The best doctor of all
To me, Dr. Jason Liauw is the best. Without him, I don’t know if I’d be walking but he did such amazing work on my spine that he got me walking again. The best doctor of all!
Gerardo M. in Laguna Hills
Dr. Liauw is awesome!
Dr. Liauw is awesome! He did a beautiful job on my spinal fusion. I wouldn’t go to any other surgeon for my spine. I have given his name to many people i have talked to with spinal issues. The staff here is also wonderful. Thank you all for everything! I’m back to being me again!
Linda L. in Laguna Hills
I recommend them without hesitation
Dr. Jason Liauw and his PA, as well as the scheduler are fabulous. They are extremely helpful, they list and are the epitome of professionalism. I recommend them without hesitation!
Michael B. in Laguna Hills
Thank you all for taking such good care of me!
Dr. Liauw, Lauren, Jesica and the entire staff have met and exceeded all my expectations. I’ve had no issues with my neck surgery and I would consider the procedure a success. All my needs and requests were always taken care of promptly. Thank you all for taking such good care of me.
Robert O. in Laguna Hills
I highly recommend Dr. Liauw for his expertise and caring personality
Dr. Liauw is an outstanding professional, caring, personable, physician who cares for his patients and gives them thorough exploration and time for each person. The staff is friendly and professional, and efficient.
I highly recommend Dr. Liauw for his expertise and caring personality and am extremely grateful to him for totally curing my problem thru surgery – never had a pain since.
Sandra N. in Laguna Hills
The recovery went very well, far exceeding my expectations
Dr. Liauw performed a hemilaminectomy on L2, L3, L4 & L5 on 3/28/2019. When I came out of recovery the pain that I had in my legs and hips before surgery was gone. Staff at Mission Laguna hospital had me up and walking the night of the procedure. I was discharged to home about 30 hours post-op. The recovery went very well, far exceeding my expectations. Walking around the house (stairs included) was no problem. Within 6 days of surgery, my steps exceeded 1 mile and within 9 days post-op I was walking over 2 miles (total steps). Fourteen days after surgery, I was released back to work!
Trent R. in Laguna Beach
Thank you for being there for us!
My husband and I, Ken Witt, have been seeing Dr. Liauw for two years. Never have we been under the care of a Dr. and his staff who have been so supportive and understanding. Jessica, Lauren and Dr. Liauw are professional but down to earth and they actually really care. With what is going on in the world today, we are not just a number. Thanks to all of you who understand the fear and needs of their patients! Thank you for being there for us!
Shirley W. in Laguna Beach
Back to normal
Surgery went well. Ocean view room post surgery. 4 weeks, hiking, biking, back to normal. Thank you Dr. Liauw
Steve T. in Laguna Hills
Excellent surgery done by Dr. Liauw
From the start, Dr. Liauw has been professional and took the conservative approach to my back issues; Lower lumbar and nerve compression has been helped by the excellent surgery done by Dr. Liauw! Thank you!
Raymond Z. in Laguna Hills
Dr. Liauw and his team were wonderful
Dr. Liauw and his team were wonderful. I very much appreciated all the care and help. I would recommend them highly. Thank you all for your help and encouragement.
Robert F. in Laguna Hills
I feel like a new person
Thanks to Dr. Liauw and his staff, I feel like a new person.
We are so thankful for everything that you did for my husband. The quality of his life is awesome again. He is pain free after 6 years of suffering from this Trigeminal Neuralgia disease. He can smile and eat again with no pain. So again, thanks and more power to Dr. Liauw, Jesica, Dr. Lauren Heinz and everyone.
Gavy T. in Laguna Hills
Pain gone – no meds needed. Physical Therapy at Southland. P.T. was Terrific! Great people there. Lauren’s e-mail follow up very helpful. All issues have been addressed. Thanks much!
Ron D. in Laguna Hills
God bless you Dr. Liauw
First we want to express our gratitude to Dr. Liauw for not giving up and his keen eye to see what was wrong. The expert skills to fix this serious problem that stopped Warren from being able to life and enjoy life. God bless you Dr. Liauw! Jesica Ruiz, you were a gift beyond words to us where what seemed impossible you worked hard to put all the ducks in a row for all to go smoothly! You have a heart of Gold! Lauren Heinz all we an is Amazing! You never skipped a beat in this whole process from pre-surgery-ICU-Rehab and now post-surgery care. Thank you!
Warren and Wendy B. in Laguna Hills
I am very pleased with everything
Dr. Liauw and Lauren were very helpful, courteous and professional throughout this process. I am very pleased with everything
David H in Laguna Hills
Very professional in all respects
Very satisfied with the results of lumbar surgery, very professional in all respects: staff, doctor, procedures. Would recommend Dr. Liauw to anyone considering back surgery. Thank you
Raymond Z. in Laguna Hills
I will recommend Dr. Liauw to anyone and everyone!
My experience has been wonderful. From my first appointment to the 2nd follow up. I have had only praise for Dr. Liauw, Lauren Heinze and the other staff. My surgery went well and the rehab is also going well. Lauren was great she answered my questions and concerns immediately. I will recommend Dr. Liauw to anyone and everyone.
Judy H. in Laguna Hills
Dr. Liauw went above and beyond to help me out of my pain
Dr. Liauw went above and beyond to help me out of my pain. Thank you
Stephen T. in Laguna Hills
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