The Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association held the 2011 Annual Business Meeting and Dinner where the Howard I. Wilner, MD Alumnus of the Year Award was presented to:
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and
Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Brain Tumor Center
Ruth and Harvey Lawrence Chair, Neuroscience
About Dr. Black
An internationally renowned neurosurgeon and scientist, Dr. Black joined Cedars-Sinai in July 1997 and was awarded the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neurosciences in November of that year. He is a caring physician, scientist, researcher, mentor and humanitarian, respected by his peers and patients and their families.
Dr. Black has had a keen interest in science since childhood when, at age 17, he published his first scientific paper, which earned the Westinghouse Science Award. He pioneered research on designing ways to open the blood-brain barrier, enabling chemotherapeutic drugs to be delivered directly into the tumor. His other groundbreaking research has focused on developing a vaccine to enhance the body’s immune response to brain tumors, use of gene arrays to develop molecular profiles of tumors, the use of optical technology for brain mapping, and the use of focused microwave energy to non-invasively destroy brain tumors. He was featured on the cover of Time magazine in the Fall 1997 special edition of Heroes in Medicine. In March 2009, he authored the book Brain Surgeon: A Doctor’s Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles.
About the Howard I. Wilner, MD Alumnus of the Year Award
Each year, the Alumni Association chooses one or two physicians who are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the field of medicine. In 2009, the annual award was renamed "The Howard I. Wilner, MD Alumnus of the Year Award" in honor of the late Dr. Wilner, a member of the medical staff for four decades who served as medical director of Employee Health Services, clinical chief of the Department of Medicine and executive director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Wilner passed away in April, 2005.