Dr. Chen is a physician, a board certified neurosurgeon and the Director of Surgical Neuro-Oncology at USC. He is highly recognized for his skills as a neurosurgeon, and he is also a tenured- Professor of Neurosurgery and Pathology at USC. Dr. Chen graduated summa cum laude in 3 years from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also received Bronze Tablet honors (top 3% of undergraduate students) and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society. He then attended the University of California, San Francisco, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. Afterward, he underwent neurosurgery training at USC. In order to prepare for his career in neuro-oncology, Dr. Chen also obtained a PhD degree in pathobiology. His thesis was on the role of immunotherapy in malignant brain tumors.