Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

Board-certified and fellowship-trained spine and neurosurgeon, Mark Liker, MD, FAANS, FACS, is the founder and senior partner at California Neurosurgical Institute, with locations in Bakersfield, Encino, and Valencia, California.

With a broad range of technical and clinical experience in complex open and minimally invasive spine surgery, brain surgery, functional neurosurgery, stereotactic neurosurgery, and radiosurgery, patients can feel confident that they are receiving the best of care.


Meet Dr. Mark Liker

Dr. Liker attended Princeton University in New Jersey, where he studied mechanical and aerospace engineering and also completed his requirements for medical school matriculation. After graduating in 1987, he spent several years working on Wall Street in the Financial District of New York City in investment banking and corporate finance and was designated a chartered financial analyst by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute.

In 1995, Dr. Liker completed his medical degree with honors from the State University of New York. He continued his medical training at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California (USC) and at the Los Angeles County Medical Center. During his training, Dr. Liker completed a fellowship in complex spine surgery.

He takes great pride in his continuing education in order to provide the latest medical insights and treatments to his patients and has authored over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters. Dr. Liker is highly regarded in his field and has given over 40 presentations on a variety of neurological topics. He is also an Associate Professor and faculty member at Keck Medical Center where he directs the USC Deep Brain Stimulation Center.

Dr. Liker’s broad range of training and experience gives him the insight needed to correctly diagnose complex brain and spine issues and identify the most effective treatments for his patients. He looks forward to providing unsurpassed health care to patients of California Neurosurgical Institute who suffer from all manner of neurological and spine disorders.

Dr. Mark Liker, MD, FAANS, FACS is also frequently invited as a speaker at many conventions around the world to explain more about neurosurgery of today and in the future and his specialty, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

He can also be seen, heard, and quoted by many media outlets where his knowledge and straightforward explanations from a doctor’s perspective are highly appreciated as "He explains in a way you don´t need to be a doctor to understand".

Dr. Liker was recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as being among the top 1% of neurosurgeons in Los Angeles.

Patient Care and giving information to his patients before and after any treatment or surgery is one of Dr. Likers’ top priorities.

“To give information and an honest opinion regarding any treatment and/or surgery is not only important for the patients but also for their relatives, as many times they suffer almost as much as the patient,” Dr. Liker says. Dr. Liker continues “To see the result when a person who has Parkinson are able to do something that most people see as simple, like be able to walk without freezing and to drink a glass of water or a patient that no longer is in pain is the biggest satisfaction I as a neurosurgeon can get”.

Dr. Liker and his colleges continuously research for new innovations and ways to make patients recover as fast and painless as possible without lower the care and quality of the patients.

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