Philip E. Stieg was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1952. In November 2000, he became the first Chairman of the new Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Medical College and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He also holds the position of Professor of Neurological Surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Stieg received his B.S. degree in 1974 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neuroscience from Albany Medical College of Union University in 1980, and his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1983. He trained at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Parkland Memorial Hospital) with Drs. Duke S. Samson and H. Hunt Batjer. He completed a fellowship in the laboratories of Drs. Lars Olson and Tomas Hokfeldt in cell transplantation for restorative neurological function at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Following his internship and residency at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, he moved to Boston in 1989 and was appointed Instructor in the Department of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School. He became Associate Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Associate of the Department of Neurosurgery at The Children’s Hospital of Boston, and Clinical Associate in Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Stieg’s research interests include cerebral protection and restorative function. His interests also lie in neural transplantation and neuronal regeneration after stroke. His preliminary studies focused on understanding the mechanisms of injury in the central nervous system after trauma. Dr. Stieg’s laboratory was one of the first to develop and characterize primary cultures of astroglial cells. Subsequently, he studied the mechanisms of membrane transport and its implications following traumatic brain injury.
Clinically, Dr. Stieg has developed an international reputation in the area of cerebrovascular disorders. He has been active in many international courses and been broadly published. Dr. Stieg has authored and coauthored more than 100 published neurological surgery related articles and chapters. Dr. Stieg has held numerous editorial responsibilities with a number of journals and publications, such as Neurosurgery, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Neurovascular Disease, Neurosurgical Focus, Stroke Council Newsletter, and Cerebrovascular Newsletter.
He has contributed to groups such as the Joint Sections of Cerebrovascular Surgery of the AANS and CNS. He was recently elected Secretary of this group. In addition, he is President-Elect of the Society of University Neurosurgeons.
A recipient of several awards and honors, including citations in “Who’s Who in Health and Medical Services” and “The Best Doctors in Boston, New York and America”, Dr. Stieg has played a key role in developing and enhancing the neurosurgical programs at Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and The Children’s Hospital of Boston.
In 1986, Dr. Stieg married Janet Morris, who has interests in nursing and hospital administration. They have two children, Nicholas, 9, and Claire, 8. Dr. Stieg continues to pursue tennis, golf, and fishing with vigor.