GRIFFITH R. HARSH IV was born in 1953 in St. Louis, Missouri, as his father was completing Neurosurgery Residency at Barnes Hospital. Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, he was graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he began medical school and from which he received an M.A. degree in Physiology (Neurosciences).
After finishing medical school at the Harvard Medical School, Dr. Harsh completed neurosurgery residency and fellowship training in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Brain Tumor Research Center of the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Harsh was awarded the Research Fellowship of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons for study of oncogenic growth factors in brain tumors and, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, was appointed Visiting Scientist in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Following a Visiting Fellowship in Radiosurgery and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, he was appointed Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. There, he served as Executive Director of the Brain Tumor Center and investigated gene therapy and proton radiosurgery and radiotherapy for brain tumors.
In 1998, Dr. Harsh was appointed Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford Medical School and Hospitals. There he serves as Associate Program Director of the Neurosurgery Residency and Director of the Stanford Brain Tumor Center. His primary clinical focus is surgical and radiosurgical treatment of tumors of the brain, pituitary, and skull base. His laboratory research there focused on molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis and their therapeutic disruption.
In 2018, was appointed Julian R. Youmans Endowed Chair and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, Davis.
His wife, Meg Whitman, a business executive, and their two sons are involved in real estate development and philanthropy.