Bennett Arthur Shaywitz, MD

Charles and Helen Schwab Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology); Section Chief, Pediatric Neurology; Co-Director, Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

Departments & Organizations


Office of Student Research

Pediatrics: Pediatric Neurology | Pediatric Specialty Center

Yale Medical Group


Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D. is the Charles and Helen Schwab Professor in Dyslexia and Learning Development, Chief of Pediatric Neurology and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity at the Yale University School of Medicine. Both a child neurologist and neuroscientist, Shaywitz is a leader in applying functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understand the neurobiology of reading and dyslexia in children and adults. These studies identify a neural signature for dyslexia, making a previously hidden disability visible, and for the first time demonstrate the brain basis for the accommodation of extra time needed by dyslexic readers on high-stakes standardized tests. Shaywitz is currently using fMRI to investigate attentional mechanisms in dyslexia.

The author of over 300 scientific papers, Shaywitz’ many honors include election to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Distinguished Alumnus Award from Washington University, the Annie Glenn Award for Leadership from the Ohio State University and annual selection annual selection in Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors.

Dr. Shaywitz was selected, along with Dr. Sally Shaywitz, as recipient of the Haggerty-Friedman Distinguished Lectureship at the University of Rochester; Lawrence G. Crowley Distinguished Lectureship at Stanford University; Rita Rudel Distinguished Lectureship at Columbia University; Waldo E. Nelson lectureship at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children; Leonard Apt Lectureship of the American Academy of Pediatrics; Bank Street College of Education Distinguished Lectureship; Stoll Distinguished Lectureship at Pennsylvania State University; Frontiers of Science Lecture, American Psychiatric Association; and Sidney Berman Award presented by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Shaywitz has served on the Institute of Medicine Immunization Safety Review Committee and on the National Vaccine Program Safety Subcommittee and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the March of Dimes.

Education & Training

MD Washington University (1963)
Research Fellow Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Chief Resident Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, NY
Research Fellow Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Resident Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, NY

Honors & Recognition

  • Gordon Research Conference (2008)

  • Stoll Distinguished LecturePennsyslvania State University (2007)

  • The Annie Glenn AwardOhio State University (2006)

  • 2003 Distinguished Alumnus AwardWashington University (2003)

  • Institute of MedicineNational Academies of Science (2002)

Professional Service

  • Member Scientific Advisory Board of the March of Dimes

  • Member National Vaccine Program Office Safety Subcommittee

  • Editor Pediatrics in Review, Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, and Child Neuropsychology

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Contact Info

Bennett Arthur Shaywitz, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Pediatric NeurologyYale-New Haven Children's Hospital
1 Park Street, Ste West Pavilion - 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06504
Office Location
Laboratory for Medicine and Pediatrics (LMP)
15 York Street, Ste 3089

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Yale PediatricsPO Box 208064
New Haven, CT 06520-8064

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity