Bennett Arthur Shaywitz, MD

Charles and Helen Schwab Professor of Pediatrics (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 and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity at the Yale University School of Medicine. Both a child neurologist and neuroscientist, Dr. 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 learning disability visible, and for the first time demonstrate the brain basis for the lack of fluency in dyslexia. His most recent studies focus on differences in brain connectivity between dyslexic and typical reading children and adults and studies in progress use fMRI to investigate attentional mechanisms in reading and dyslexia.

The author of over 300 scientific papers, Dr. Shaywitz’ honors include election to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Washington University. Dr. Shaywitz currently serves on the Boards of the Park Century School and the Westmark School. He previously served on the Institute of Medicine Immunization Safety Review Committee, on the National Vaccine Program Safety Subcommittee and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the March of Dimes. Dr. Shaywitz has been selected annually for Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors.

September 1, 2015

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

Edit this profile