Gary Steinberg, MD, PhD
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Gary K Steinberg, MD, PhD

Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst

Professor of Neurosurgery and the Neurosciences

Founder and Co-Director, Stanford Stroke Center

Former Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

Stanford University

Gary K. Steinberg was born on July 31, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Westchester County, New York. He graduated summa cum laude with Honors in Biology from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Before attending medical school he studied classical trumpet on a music study scholarship at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Montreux, Switzerland. He was accepted into the Medical Scientist Training Program at Stanford University School of Medicine and graduated with an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neurosciences in 1980. He completed his surgical internship and residency in Neurological Surgery at Stanford under John Hanbery. During his training he received an NIH NINDS Individual National Research Service Award to investigate aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage, and he spent one year studying cerebrovascular surgery with Charles Drake in London, Ontario.

In 1987 Dr. Steinberg joined the faculty at Stanford as Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery, being promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1993 and professor in 1997. He founded the Stanford Stroke Center in 1991 and is currently the Co-Director. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford in 1995 and holds the Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst Endowed Chair of Neurosurgery and the Neurosciences. Over the past 25 years Dr. Steinberg has expanded the department from a faculty of 5 to more than 60 neurosurgeons and scientists.

Dr. Steinberg's lab investigates pathomechanisms of cerebral ischemia, develops neuroprotective agents, and employs novel approaches such as stem cell transplantation and optogenetic stimulation to enhance post-stroke functional recovery. Dr. Steinberg maintains a busy clinical practice specializing in cerebrovascular surgery. His clinical research is focused on developing innovative surgical, endovascular and radiosurgical approaches for treating patients with difficult intracranial aneurysms, complex vascular malformations and occlusive cerebrovascular disorders including moyamoya disease. He has also spearheaded several early phase clinical trials of stem cell transplantation for chronic stroke and subacute spinal cord injury. Dr. Steinberg is heavily involved in teaching, serving as Neurosurgery Program Director from 1995-2004 and training more than 170 residents, clinical fellows, post-doctoral research fellows, graduate students and medical students. He has published over 400 peer reviewed articles, more than 130 book and video chapters, and edited 4 books primarily related to clinical and basic aspects of cerebrovascular disease. He has received grants as Principal Investigator from the AANS NREF, American Heart Association, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and has held continuous NIH funding since 1987, including R01 and P01 Grants.

The many honors Dr. Steinberg has received include an AANS Young Faculty Award; Santa Clara County Medical Association 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Medicine Award; 2015 President of the Western Neurosurgical Society; 2016 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting Charles Drake Lecturer; Stanford University Medicine Alumni Association 2016 J.E. Wallace Sterling Lifetime Achievement Award in Medicine; American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 2016 Stroke Progress and Innovation Award; 2017 Society of Neurological Surgeons H. Richard Winn, M.D. Prize; 2017 Global Genes RARE Champion of Hope Honoree; 2017 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award; and 2020 American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Joint Cerebrovascular Section, Ralph G. Dacey, Jr., M.D.  Medal for Outstanding Cerebrovascular Research. Dr. Steinberg has been Visiting Professor at numerous academic institutions internationally and given more than 600 invited talks at scientific meetings throughout the world. He has been a member of NIH NINDS Study Sections, the NIH NASCET Monitoring Committee, and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Neurosurgery, Cerebrovascular Diseases, the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, Indian Journal of Neurosurgery and World Neurosurgery.

Dr. Steinberg is married to Sandra Garritano. They have two children, Jeff (born 1983) and Liz (born 1985).