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Keith Black M.D. to Chair New Department
Keith L. Black, M.D., who nearly 10 years ago brought his surgical skills and research interests to Cedars-Sinai, has been named chairperson of the medical center's newly established Department of Neurosurgery. At Cedars-Sinai since 1997, Black holds the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neuroscience and directs the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, which he helped to establish.

The announcement comes several months after the hospital's medical staff and Board of Directors elevated the former Division of Neurosurgery to full departmental status and began a nationwide search for a chair. Black served as interim chair during that time.

"Leadership in the field of correctly diagnosing and treating intracranial conditions requires a highly integrated, multidisciplinary team approach as well as a patient-centered environment. The creation of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai, with Dr. Black at the helm, will strengthen and expand our neurosurgery program at the medical center, which is already among the nation's best -- especially in the field of brain tumors," said Tom Priselac, president and chief executive officer of Cedars-Sinai Health System.

Dr. Black was awarded the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neuroscience soon after he came to Cedars-Sinai. His contributions have included founding and directing the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, establishing a neurosurgical residency program and a neuro-oncology fellowship, creating education and scholarship opportunities for students interested in the field of neuroscience, and recruiting many outstanding physicians and scientists into the organization.

"Dr. Black's national leadership in patient care, research and teaching is extraordinary," said Shlomo Melmed, M.D., senior vice president for Academic Affairs and director of the Burns and Allen Research Institute. "He is also an outstanding administrator who is able to build strong programs and develop new partnerships."

Before joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Black had been professor of surgery and professor of neurology at UCLA and had graduated and trained at the University of Michigan.

"We expect that Dr. Black's clinical and surgical expertise, combined with his leadership skills, will continue advancing care for Cedars-Sinai patients for many years to come," said Melmed. "He will also continue growing his major NIH-supported programs of discovery in the field of brain tumors, and will lead Cedars-Sinai's quest for pre-eminence in Neurosurgery."