Keith L. Black, MD, is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and scientist and one of the leading brain surgeons in the United States. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Black served on the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) faculty for 10 years as a professor of Neurosurgery. In 1992, he was awarded the Ruth and Raymond Stotter Chair in the Department of Surgery and was head of the UCLA Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program.
As part of a world class team of researchers, Dr. Black has contributed to a breakthrough study for Alzheimer’s disease showing how specific supplements may help slow or improve the build-up of B-Amyloid plaque within the brain. B-Amyloid plaque is thought to be the main culprit behind Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and declining brain health. Read about research he’s conducted with UCLA and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, as well as other related Brain Health News. Dr. Black and his team have filtered out the “noise” to deliver relevant information supported by world class neuroscience research.
Dr. Black pioneered research on designing ways to open the blood-brain barrier, enabling chemotherapeutic drugs to be delivered directly into brain tumors. His work received the Jacob Javits award from the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council of the National Institutes of Health in June 2000. Dr. Black and patients undergoing the first clinical trial of the drug RMP-7 were profiled in the 1996 PBS program, The New Explorers, in an episode titled “Outsmarting the Brain.” Dr. Black’s other groundbreaking research has focused on developing a vaccine to enhance the body’s immune response to brain tumors, developing molecular profiles of tumors through the use of gene arrays, using optical technology for brain mapping, using focused microwave energy to destroy brain tumors noninvasively, and developing noninvasive optical imaging for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. He was featured on the cover of Time magazine in the 1997 special edition of “Heroes in Medicine.”
Dr. Black has published more than 260 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and in March 2009 he published his book, Brain Surgeon: A Doctor’s Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles. Dr. Black has the unique ability to integrate cutting-edge research and an extremely busy surgical practice. Since 1987, he has performed more than 6,000 surgeries to remove brain tumors.
Since his childhood, Dr. Black has shown a keen interest in science and the human body. At age 17, he published his first scientific paper, which earned the Westinghouse Science Award. He completed an accelerated college program at the University of Michigan, earning both his undergraduate and medical degrees in six years, and stayed at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor to complete his internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery.