Philip E Stieg, Ph.D., M.D. was born in Milwaukee, WI and earned a B.S. degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974.
He pursued graduate studies in neuroanatomy and neuroscience at Albany Medical College, and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1980. He then attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, completing his M.D. degree in 1983. Dr. Stieg was a resident in general surgery and neurosurgery at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Memorial Hospital. Thereafter, he did a fellowship in cell transplantation for restorative neurological function at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr. Stieg joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston in Boston, MA in 1989. In 2000, Dr. Stieg was named the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. In 2015, Dr. Stieg served as President of the Brain Tumor Foundation.
Dr. Stieg is an internationally known expert in cerebrovascular surgery. He directs a clinical faculty of 24 neurosurgeons, 14 residents, and more than 100 supporting clinical and administrative staff. He also serves as Director At Large of the Brain and Spine Group, Inc.
The portion below was reproduced from a prior interview with Dr. Stieg by Lana Aldos of Cornell University.
As an internationally renowned leader in your academic field, a practicing neurosurgeon with many patients, and the department chair, you are extremely busy — what prompted you to volunteer your time as a board member for Brain and Spine Group?
It’s true that I’m extremely busy, but this is an important priority of mine. I have long been committed to quality education for neurosurgeons in training, and that can’t start early enough. Even as they are first considering neurosurgery as their specialty, medical students need better, more focused training in preparation for sub-internships. The Medical Student Neurosurgery Training Camps that originated here at Weill Cornell are a part of the solution. I’m proud to support the Brain and Spine Group, which is dedicated to nurturing and expanding these types of grass-roots training opportunities. Serving on the Board of Directors for the Brain and Spine Group is a great way for me to contribute to advancing the training methodologies used to prepare future neurosurgeons.
As someone who knows the field of neurosurgery and brain health very well, where does the mission of Brain and Spine Group fit in and how is it helping?
The small and nimble nature of the Brain and Spine Group is its greatest attribute. The organization’s focus on medical student preparation for neurosurgery allows us to move quickly and effectively when change is warranted. This enables constant review and revision of each training experience to ensure that quality is not sacrificed during expansion. As a business manager, I am also impressed at how the group does its work with minimal resource, and no waste.
Which aspects of the Brain and Spine Group are you most looking forward seeing progress over time?
I’m delighted that the Brain and Spine Group is filled with young leaders – they are the future of neurosurgery – who know how to strike the balance between innovating for the future while respecting the expertise of more senior neurosurgeons. I’m looking forward to seeing the collaboration between these multiple generations. As today’s young leaders mature, they will collaborate and mentor those coming up behind them. I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits of meshing multiple generations of leadership throughout the organization’s structure.
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