John Choi, MD, M.Ed

John was born and raised in Southern California, with his undergraduate studies in biology, neuroscience, and psychology at the University of Southern California. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from college, he taught high school in Los Angeles for several years as a science teacher and received a master’s degree in education. He then attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he investigated exciting basic science questions under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Lim and received the institution’s Harvey Cushing Research Award for his research in brain tumor and cerebrovascular immunology. His interests outside of neurosurgery involve reading science fiction, writing short stories, teaching magic tricks to his pediatric patients, and finding ways to blend his love of cooking with chemistry.


2020 – Present
Stanford University
 – Palo Alto, CA
Department of Neurosurgery
Resident Physician

2015 – 2020                                                                                 
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 
– Baltimore, MD

University of California Los Angeles
– Los Angeles, CA
M.Ed. Master’s in Education

University of Southern California
– Los Angeles, CA
B.S. Biology with emphasis on Neurobiology (Honors), Minor in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude

Research Interests:

  • Neuro-oncology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Cerebrovascular
  • Genetics

Program Completion:


Awards and Honors:

  • Best basic science abstract award 2019 Congress of Neurological Surgeons tumor section (2019)
  • Harvey Cushing Research Award (2019)
  • Outstanding Abstract and Presentation Award for 44th Annual KAMA Meeting (2018)
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Dean’s Year of Research Fellowship Award (2018)
  • Morrison Leroy Haviland Scholarship (2017)
  • Outstanding Abstract and Presentation Award for 43rd Annual KAMA Meeting (2017)
  • Deans Research Funding (2016)