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Steven Schiff

Research Scientist; Vice Chair for Global Health, Neurosurgery; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health


Dr. Steven Schiff is a pediatric neurosurgeon with interests in neural control engineering, sustainable health engineering and global health. He founded the Center for Neural Engineering at Penn State University, wrote the first book on Neural Control Engineering (MIT Press, 2012), and is now developing the Center for Global Neurosurgery at Yale University. He received the NIH Director’s Pioneer and Transformative Awards in 2015 and 2018, respectively, which have enabled him to pursue his interests in the sustainable control of infant infections in the developing world. This work has evolved into an exploration of what Schiff calls Predictive Personalized Public Health (P3H).

Education & Training

  • Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (1990)
  • Neurosurgery Residency
    Duke University (1989)
  • PhD
    Duke University, Physiology (1985)
  • General Surgery Internship
    Duke University (1981)
  • MD
    Duke University (1980)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
NIH Director’s Transformative Award2018
Honorary African Name: Musaazi, Fumbe Clan2018
FellowAmerican Epilepsy Society2016
NIH Director’s Pioneer Award2015
FellowAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science2012
FellowAmerican Association of Neurological Surgeons2010
FellowAmerican Physical Society2005
FellowAmerican College of Surgeons1994
Diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery1992

Professional Service

AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery Executive CommitteeResearch Officer of the Chair’s Committee on Planning and Development2021 - Present
Scientific Advisory Board, Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes, Marseilles, FranceMember2019 - Present
Neural ComputationAssociate Editor2015 - Present
US Food and Drug AdministrationNeurological Devices Panel, Medical Devices Advisory Committee2013 - Present
Journal of Neural EngineeringEditorial Board Member2013 - Present
Physical Review XEditorial Board Member2012 - 2018
Journal of Computational NeuroscienceAction Editor2006 - Present
Physical Review LettersDivisional Associate Editor2006 - 2012
Physical Review EEditorial Board Member2000 - 2005

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