University of Nebraska Medical Center

Grace Lai, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, UNMC Department of Neurosurgery


Dr. Grace Lai is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She specializes in pediatric neurosurgery. She received a bachelor of arts in psychology at Cornell University and a PhD in neurobiology and behavior at Columbia University in the City of New York where she studied developmental psychology and language pathways in children with Autism. Inspired by the patients and families she worked with during graduate school, she went on to receive her doctor of medicine at the University of California San Diego, completed residency in neurological surgery at Northwestern, and fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco. She is excited to work with her patients, research, and medical teams at Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center and Children's Nebraska  to provide the best care and discover new treatment options for pediatric neurosurgical conditions.

Her clinical interests include brain and spinal cord tumors, neurovascular disorders, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and craniosynostosis.
  • PhD, Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia University, New York
  • Residency: Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • Fellowship:  Pediatric Neurosurgery, University of California – San Francisco
Patient Care

Hospital Appointments:

  • Children's Nebraska 
  • Nebraska Medicine

For more information about Dr. Lai and her procedures, please visit the Children's Nebraska Website:  Dr. Grace Lai

Research Interests
Dr. Lai's research interests include optimization of behavioral and cognitive outcomes, improvement of access to care, and clinical trials for brain tumors, hydrocephalus, and traumatic brain injury.