||Daniel Yoshor, MD, FAANS
||Baylor Coll. of Med./Neurosurgery, 7200 Cambridge Ste 9A/MS: BCM650, Houston, TX 77030-2418
||United States of America
Daniel Yoshor is the Marc J. Shapiro Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Born and raised in New York, he received a B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University in 1989, and graduated from medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1993. He then completed neurosurgical residency at Baylor College of Medicine under Dr. Robert G. Grossman, where he developed a research interest in neurophysiology. Following residency, he completed a clinical fellowship in brain tumor and epilepsy surgery and brain mapping at the University of California San Francisco with Drs. Nicholas Barbaro and Mitchel Berger. In 2000, he returned to Houston in to join the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine. As a junior faculty member at Baylor, Dr. Yoshor greatly benefited from Dr. Raymond Sawaya’s mentorship. He also enjoyed strong mentoring in neuroscience from Dr. John H.R. Maunsell, with support from an NINDS K08 Award. In 2015, Dr. Yoshor was selected to succeed Dr. Sawaya as department chair.
As a clinical neurosurgeon, Dr. Yoshor focuses on brain tumor and epilepsy surgery, as well as endoscopic pituitary and skull base surgery. He has extensive experience in clinical brain mapping and in the development and clinical implementation of novel neurotechnologies. He currently serves as chief of neurosurgery at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the primary adult teaching hospital of Baylor College of Medicine, a role he has held since 2010.
As an educator, Dr. Yoshor was program director for the Baylor neurosurgery residency program from 2008-2016, and received the Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award for Educational Leadership in 2012. The program includes 25 residents, with rotations at five affiliated hospitals in the Texas Medical Center: Baylor St. Luke’s, Texas Children’s, Ben Taub, MD Anderson, and the Houston VAMC. Dr. Yoshor remains deeply involved in resident education as department chair, and serves as principal investigator for Baylor’s NINDS R25 Research Education Training Grant.
As a visual neuroscientist, Dr. Yoshor is an established principal investigator with ongoing NIH, DARPA, and VA Merit Award funding. Work from his laboratory has been published in leading scientific journals including Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Neuron, Cerebral Cortex, Current Biology, eLife, PNAS, and Nature Medicine. His long-term research goals are to understand how neural activity in sensory cortex is linked to perception and to develop a cortical visual prosthetic that employs stimulation of human visual cortex to restore vision to the blind, in collaboration with a larger team of scientists, engineers, and clinicians.
Dr. Yoshor’s wife, Shira, grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a partner in a large international law firm, as well as a leader in a number of local and national charitable and civic organizations. They have four children, Rebecca, Zachary, Benjamin, and Jordana, who share their enthusiasm for basketball, travel, reading, and outdoor recreation.