Adela Wu, MD

Adela was born and raised in Arcadia, CA, before heading east for her undergraduate and medical studies. At Brown University, she studied Neuroscience and English Literature, completing honors theses in both disciplines. She then attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she pursued an additional year dedicated to glioma immunotherapy research under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Lim. During the professional development years of residency, she is Principal Investigator on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-sponsored F32 training fellowship applying mixed methods to disparities in the intersection of neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, and palliative care. Her interests outside of neurosurgery include writing, contemporary and classic literature, illustration and graphic design, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.


2018 – Present
Stanford University
 – Palo Alto, CA
Department of Neurosurgery
Resident Physician

2013 – 2018                                                                                 
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 
– Baltimore, MD

Brown University
 Program in Liberal Medical Education– Providence, RI
Sc.B. Neuroscience (Honors), A.B. English (Honors), magna cum laude

Research Interests:

Neuro-oncology, Immunotherapy, Neuropalliative Care, Quality Improvement, Health Services Research

Program Completion:


Awards and Honors:

F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2021-2023)

Stanford Department of Neurosurgery Diversity Seed Grant (2021-2023)

California Association of Neurological Surgeons Resident Consultant (2022-2023)

Stanford Leadership Education in Advancing Diversity Scholar (2022-2023)

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2022)

CNS Foundation DEI Abstract Award (2022)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship (2021)

Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute Scholar (2016-2017)

American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship (2016)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dean’s Funding (2014)
Sigma Xi (2013)
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society (2012)
Robert C. Byrd Scholar (2009-2011)


Adela Wu