Keith L. Black, MD is Department Chair and Professor of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai. He directs the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and holds the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neurosciences. A world-renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist whose research include pioneering work to open the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to enable direct delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs to tumors, development of brain cancer vaccines, and nanotechnology for drug delivery to brain tumors, use of optical technology for brain mapping, and retinal imaging for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and breakthrough therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. He is author of more than 35 patents for his novel scientific innovations. He received the Jacob Javits award from the NIH in 2000 and served on the NIH’s Board of Scientific Counselors for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the NIH’s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Independent Citizens Oversight Committee. In 2019, he was appointed as member of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness. Dr. Black has published around 400 scientific articles and chapters and has presented his findings at over 500 national and international meetings including invited talks at TEDMED and Google’s “Solve for X” lecture series.
Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai in 1997, he was professor of surgery and neurology and head of the Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program at UCLA. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees in 1981 thru an accelerated program at the University of Michigan.