Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Daniel Yoshor named chair of neurosurgery

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Dr. Daniel Yoshor has been named chair of neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

“Dr. Dan Yoshor has a clear strategic vision for the department, which he joined 14 years ago. Along with being a skilled surgeon, he is a talented educator and scientist, and he understands the strength of academic medicine,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor. “He will be the ideal chair of the department, and I look forward to his leadership.”

He succeeds Dr. Raymond Sawaya, who announced earlier this year his intention to step down as chair at the end of the year and return full time to MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he is also chair of neurosurgery and director of the Brain Tumor Center.

Yoshor received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed residency training at Baylor. He then completed a fellowship in epilepsy and brain tumor surgery at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine before returning to Baylor as a faculty member. At Baylor, he has risen through the academic ranks and currently serves in leadership roles as a clinician, educator, and researcher.

He is a professor in the department of neurosurgery and chief of the neurosurgery service at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of CHI St. Luke’s Health. He maintains a busy clinical practice and is surgical director of the Baylor Pituitary Center and the brain tumor and epilepsy surgery programs. Since 2008 he has served as program director for the Baylor/MD Anderson neurosurgery residency program, one of the largest and most respected neurosurgery residency programs in the country. He also serves as principal investigator for an active NIH-funded research program on the neurophysiology of human visual perception.

“This is an exciting time to be working at Baylor College of Medicine, and I am enthusiastic about the future of neurosurgery at Baylor,” said Yoshor. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to build on the department’s considerable existing strengths and talents.”

Yoshor has won numerous awards for teaching, research and clinical work. His research has been supported by multiple grants from the NIH and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and has resulted in publications in leading scientific journals including Nature Neuroscience, Current Biology, PNAS, and the Journal of Neuroscience. He serves as a section editor for the journal Neurosurgery, and is an active member of many academic societies, including the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Society for Neuroscience. He has coauthored the textbook “Clinical Brain Mapping.”

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