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Bennett Shaywitz, MD

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

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Bennett Shaywitz, MD

Mailing Address

  • Pediatric Neurology

    PO Box 208064

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8064

    United States



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. A recent paper published in the November, 2015 issue of Journal of Pediatrics found that the: “Achievement Gap in Reading is Present as Early as First Grade and Persists Through Adolescence.”

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.

October 13, 2016

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
  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology with Special Qual in Child Neurology (1973)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (1968)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Stoll Distinguished LecturePennsyslvania State University2007
The Annie Glenn AwardOhio State University2006
2003 Distinguished Alumnus AwardWashington University2003
Institute of MedicineNational Academies of Science2002

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