||Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD, FAANS
||Weill Cornell Medicine Neurosurgery, 525 E 68th St, New York, NY 10065-4870
||United States of America
Dr. Philip Stieg, Chairman and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Professor of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, is the founder of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center in New York City. Dr. Stieg, whose clinical expertise is in cerebrovascular disorders, skull base surgery, and traumatic brain injury, is a widely published author and internationally known lecturer, and has been consistently named one of the nation’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. He is the host of the weekly podcast This Is Your Brain With Dr. Phil Stieg, and is one of the editors of the definitive textbook on AVMs, Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations.
Dr. Stieg was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1952. In November 2000, he became the first Chairman of the new Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Medical College and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He also holds the position of Professor of Neurological Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Stieg received his B.S. degree in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neuroscience from Albany Medical College of Union University in 1980, and his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1983. He trained at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Parkland Memorial Hospital) with Drs. Duke S. Samson and H. Hunt Batjer. He completed a fellowship in the laboratories of Drs. Lars Olson and Tomas Hokfeldt in cell transplantation for restorative neurological function at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Following his internship and residency at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, he moved to Boston in 1989 and was appointed Instructor in the Department of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. He became Associate Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Associate of the Department of Neurosurgery at The Children’s Hospital of Boston, and Clinical Associate in Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Stieg has held numerous editorial responsibilities with a number of journals and publications, such as Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Neurovascular Disease, Neurosurgical Focus, Stroke Council Newsletter, and Cerebrovascular Newsletter. He has served as the President of the Brain Tumor Foundation and President of the New York board of the American Heart and Stroke Association. He is also a past Chairman of the Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery of AANS/CNS and past President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons. Dr. Stieg provides his expertise in head trauma as a sideline consultant for the National Football League and as a consulting neurosurgeon to the New York Giants, and he is also an advisor to the Department of Defense on traumatic brain injury in the military.
Under Dr. Stieg’s leadership, in 2010 the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center created the Surgical Innovations Lab, the first global multimedia neurosurgical teaching facility enabling real-time global teaching collaboration in multi-site medical centers, as well as New York’s first multidisciplinary Concussion and Brain Injury Clinic staffed by neuro-specialists. Most recently, Dr. Stieg spearheaded the launch of the new Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, where patients receive multidisciplinary services under one roof. This new paradigm is part of Dr. Stieg’s vision for reshaping the delivery of care for patients with complex conditions of the central nervous system. He has also nurtured an ambitious effort in Global Neurosurgery, with faculty members managing and participating in in-country programs in Tanzania, Senegal, Antigua, Mexico, Peru, and more. He also initiated an international conference on Global Neurosurgery that took place at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2019.
Dr. Stieg’s research interests include cerebral protection as well as restorative function. He is also interested in neural transplantation and neuronal regeneration after stroke. His initial studies focused on understanding the mechanisms of injury in the central nervous system after trauma. His laboratory was one of the first to develop and characterize primary cultures of astroglial cells. Dr. Stieg’s expertise in cerebrovascular disorders combines with his research interests in stem cell biology and cerebral transplantation for restoring neurological function. Dr. Stieg has implemented a multifaceted approach to the management of neurosurgical disorders such as carotid artery disease, vascular malformations, aneurysms, epilepsy, brain tumors, trauma, pediatric disorders, spinal cord problems, and functional diseases, including Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Stieg has two children, Nicholas (27) and Claire (26), both working in the medical arena. He continues his creative interests in reading, travel, golf, and hiking.