Keith L. Black, MD, serves as Chairman and Professor of the Department of Neurosurgery, Director of Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Director of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Black joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July 1997 and was awarded the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neurosciences in November of that year. In 2018, he was recognized with the Cedars-Sinai Pioneer in Medicine award.

An internationally renowned neurosurgeon and scientist, his research includes pioneering work to open the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to enable direct delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs to tumors, development of brain cancer vaccines and nanotechnology for drug delivery to brain tumors, use of optical technology for brain mapping, and retinal imaging for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  He is also investigating the potential benefits of lifestyle changes and supplements in improving brain health. 


Dr. Black’s research on the blood-brain barrier received the Jacob Javits award from the NIH in 2000.  He was on the NIH’s Board of Scientific Counselors for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the NIH’s National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, and California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.  In 2019, he was appointed as member of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Prevention and Preparedness.