RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Mark M. Souweidane, M.D.



Mark M. Souweidane, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P.

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

  1. Where are you from?/Where did you study?

I grew up in Michigan and moved to New York for Neurosurgery training at NYU.  Spent 1 year as a fellow in pediatric neurosurgery in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children.

  1. What are you researching right now?

 Ways to enhance therapeutic drug delivery to children with DIPG. Specifically, I am testing the feasibility, safety, and capacity of convection enhanced delivery (CED) in early phase clinical trials

  1. Who is your all-time favorite scientist and why?

 Thomas Edison for his wide exploratory desire. He did not overlook any innovative idea.

  1. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Laugh, sing, dance, or all the above with my two sons.

  1. Favorite food?

Steak au poivre

  1. Why science?

 There is no other field that interests or inspires me as much. Discovery is motivating.

  1. Who/What has inspired you to work on DIPG?

 Every parent who has lost a child to DIPG.

  1. What are you reading right now?

 Roald Dahl collection

  1. If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering a research career, what would it be?

Follow your passion and use mentors in other fields.

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