About Dr. Phil Stieg

Dr. Philip Stieg is Chairman and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is also the founder of the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center, one of New York City’s leading interdisciplinary neuroscience facilities. This new paradigm of comprehensive care is part of Dr. Stieg’s vision for reshaping the delivery of care for patients with complex conditions of the central nervous system.


A world-renowned neurosurgeon with expertise in cerebrovascular disorders and traumatic brain injury, Dr. Stieg is a widely published author and internationally known lecturer. He has been consistently named one of the nation’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. 


Dr. Stieg has served as the President of the Brain Tumor Foundation and President of the New York board of the American Heart and Stroke Association. He is also a past Chairman of the Joint Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery of AANS/CNS and past President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons. Dr. Stieg provides his expertise in head trauma and traumatic brain injury as a sideline consultant for the National Football League, a consulting neurosurgeon to the New York Giants, and an advisor to the Department of Defense.


At Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Stieg spearheaded the creation of the Surgical Innovations Lab (the first global multimedia neurosurgical teaching facility), New York’s first multidisciplinary Concussion and Brain Injury Clinic staffed by neuro-specialists, and the Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, where patients receive multidisciplinary services under one roof. 


Dr. Stieg’s clinical expertise in brain disorders combines with his research team’s focus on stem cell biology and cerebral transplantation for restoring neurological function for conditions from glioblastoma to Parkinson’s disease.


Dr. Stieg received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, his Ph.D. from Union University, and his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He trained at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School after completing a fellowship in cell transplantation for restorative neurological function at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, then joined the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. He was recruited from the Harvard Brigham and Women’s/Children’s Hospital in 2000 to build a new Department of Neurological Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, now a global leader in the comprehensive treatment of central nervous system diseases.


For more about Dr. Stieg, visit the Weill Cornell Medicine Brain and Spine Center site.