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The Cushing Society

As one of the “fathers of neurosurgery,” Yale Sterling Professor, Dr. Harvey W. Cushing (1869-1939), pioneered the development of many fundamental neurosurgical techniques, allowing neurosurgery to become the autonomous surgical discipline it is today. In honor of his legacy and dedication to teaching, the Yale Neurosurgery Department has founded a Student Society focused on mentorship throughout the Yale scientific and medical communities.

The society was founded in 2016-2017 by Stefano Daniele, Danielle Miyagishima ,and Kristopher Kahle, MD, PhD.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Cushing Society is to foster a direct educational and research interface between Yale undergraduates and medical students with neurosurgery residents and faculty. To accomplish this, the Cushing Society is dedicated to:

  1. Building a mentoring network and community that spans all levels of neurosurgical training and interest, allowing students access to work closely with neurosurgeons and scientists.
  2. Connecting interested, dedicated students to basic science and clinical neurosurgery laboratories to spearhead research projects aimed at pushing our field forward.


  • Build “tripartite” mentorship and research teams consisting of faculty members, residents, and students
  • Encourage student education through inclusion in our frequent Yale neurosurgery conferences
  • Support student travel and research presentations at national neurosurgical meetings
  • Match students with clinical observerships with specific faculty in either the Operating Room or Clinic
  • Partner with Yale Medical Professions Outreach to engage Yale College students
  • Host networking events, facilitating collaboration and community within the Yale medical and scientific communities

Any Yale undergraduate or medical student interested in learning more about the Cushing Society or Yale Neurosurgery please email:;; for more information.

Outreach Coordinator

Resident Coordinator

Faculty Advisors

Faculty Liaison

M4 Class Representative

M2 Class Representative

Outreach Coordinator for Yale College

Outreach Coordinator to Quinnipiac Med