Dr. Keith L. Black – Recent Black Heritage Awardee


Keith L. Black, M.D.
Brain Surgeon and World Renowned Researcher 
Recipient, Health Power Award – 2010

 Recent Black Heritage Awardee

Chairman, Department of
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center;
Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neuroscience;
Director, Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz
Neurosurgical Institute; 
Director, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., 
Brain Tumor Center;



Health Power Interview of

Keith L. Black,  M.D.

by Norma J. Goodwin, M.D.,

Founder, President and CEO,

Health Power for Minorities


Biographical Summary of Keith L. Black, M.D.



Key Program and Support Connections of Dr. Black include:


Brain Trust – Six prominent and influential African American women who have passed the $10.9 million dollar level in fundraising support for brain tumor research.


Supporting Spouses of the Brain Trust include Academy Award-winning Actors Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. (more)


Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Brain Tumor Center – Established May 3, 2007 to coordinate and streamline the evolution of basic research findings to clinical trials to approved medications and therapies. (more) 



Paulette and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars in Neuroscience Awards – Presentedannually by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery. This scholarship program was established in 2004 to give promising young scientists an opportunity to develop their talents and acquire first-hand experience in patient care and research.(more)


Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute –  
A group of research scientists organized by Dr. Keith Black to discover and defuse the complex and intricate biological mechanisms that enable malignant brain tumors to mushroom.  They are also focusing on Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. (more)


 Brainworks” – An annual program sponsored by Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Neurosurgery and Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, which gives 7th and 8thgrade Los Angeles students multiple hands-on experiences to imagine themselves as brain surgeons and research scientists. (more)       


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For information about brain tumor treatment from Dr. Black’s Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, contact:www.braintumortreatment.com



All photos used of Dr. Black and of the Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Scholars Program were courtesy of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.


Photos of the Braintrust Women were courtesy of the individual photographers noted in the write-up on the Braintrust Women.