Daniel Yoshor

Professor & Chair
Baylor College of Medicine

Daniel Yoshor is the Marc J. Shapiro Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. As an active clinical neurosurgeon, he has extensive experience in epilepsy and brain tumor surgery and in human brain mapping, including experience as an investigator in a clinical trial of a chronically implanted brain stimulation device developed for the treatment of epilepsy. As a neuroscientist, he was mentored by John Maunsell with support from an NINDS K08 grant. He is now an established principal investigator, with funding from the NIH, DARPA, and the VA, and his work has been published in leading journals including Journal of Neuroscience, Cerebral Cortex, Current Biology, PNAS, and Nature Neuroscience. His long-term research goals are to understand how neural activity in sensory cortex is linked to perception, and to develop a cortical visual prosthetic that employs stimulation of human visual cortex to restore vision to the blind, in collaboration with a larger team of scientists, engineers, and clinicians. As an educator, Dr. Yoshor was program director for the Baylor neurosurgery residency program from 2008-2016, and received the Fulbright & Jaworski L. L. P. Faculty Excellence Award for Educational Leadership in 2012. He remains deeply involved in education as department chair, and serves as PI for Baylor’s NINDS R25 Research Education Training Grant.