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Welcome to the website of Kathleen Joy Khu, MD.

I am a board-certified neurosurgeon practicing in Manila, Philippines with subspecialty training in neurosurgical oncology and peripheral nerve surgery.

I graduated from the UP College of Medicine and did my residency in neurosurgery at the Philippine General Hospital.

I underwent a clinical fellowship in neurosurgical oncology (surgery for brain tumors) at the National Neuroscience Institute in Singapore (新加坡全神經學院) for 16 months, then went to Canada for further subspecialty training. I spent one year at the Toronto Western Hospital (University of Toronto) doing a fellowship in neurosurgical oncology, then a year in Foothills Medical Centre (University of Calgary) in Calgary, Alberta for training in peripheral nerve surgery.

During my fellowship training, I was able to work with several prominent, well-respected, and internationally-known neurosurgeons who are at the top of their field. Among these are Professor Ong Peck Leong and Dr. Ng Wai Hoe, the director of the Surgical Neuro-oncology Programme at the National Neuroscience Institute. In Toronto, I worked with Dr. Mark Bernstein, a brilliant and innovative neurosurgeon who performed the first awake outpatient craniotomy in the world. I also spent time training with Dr. Fred Gentili and Dr. Gelareh Zadeh. In Calgary, I worked with Dr. Rajiv Midha, the foremost peripheral nerve surgeon in Canada. Aside from being clinicians, researchers, and educators, these neurosurgeons number among the authors of textbooks used by other neurosurgeons worldwide. In fact, Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Midha have each edited and published a textbook dealing with their respective subspecialties, Neuro-Oncology: The Essentials and Surgery of Peripheral Nerves.

In addition to seeing, managing, and operating on patients, I also participated in the teaching of residents and medical students during the course of my training. Moreover, I was actively involved in clinical and laboratory research conducted at the various institutions where I trained. As a result, I have co-authored several international journal publications and book chapters, among them Schmidek and Sweet's Operative Neurosurgical Techniques, one of the leading textbooks in neurosurgery. For a complete list of my published works, please see the subheadings for international journals and book chapters.

Currently, I have an active neurosurgical practice in Manila, with the following hospital affiliations: Philippine General Hospital, Chinese General Hospital (中華崇仁總醫院) and Manila Doctors Hospital (崇仰總醫院).

My clinic hours are every Monday and Thursday, 1-4 pm at the Faculty Medical Arts Building (FMAB) of the Philippine General Hospital on Taft Avenue.

Because of my belief in sharing knowledge and skills, I teach medical students and neurosurgery residents in my capacity as a Clinical Associate Professor at the UP College of Medicine. I also continue with my medical writing, both in print and on this website.

Aside from my work in neurosurgery locally, I am also involved in various activities and organizations in international neurosurgery. I have been invited to become a member of the Neuro-oncology Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. This is a great honor because I will be joining the ranks of celebrated neuro-oncologists worldwide – innovators and masters of the field. I am also a member of the International Committee of the Society for Neuro-oncology, another great privilege granted to only a few.

In addition, I am a reviewer for Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and one of the most prestigious journals in neurosurgery. I am also a reviewer for World Neurosurgery, the official journal of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. As a reviewer, my job is to read and assess new research articles and help determine if they are good enough to be published in the journal.

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