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Keith Black, MD Biography

Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurological Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
NC to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"

“[I]f you take someone who’s smoking cigarettes and starts smoking cigarettes at 12, you don’t expect them to develop lung cancer at 22. You expect them to develop lung cancer at 42.

When you have an environmental toxin it takes 20, 30 years to develop a cancer, usually, from that toxin. We’ve only had studies on the use of cell phones and brain cancer for 10 years, so we don’t know what the impact of the use of cell phones will be over 20, 30, 40 years, particularly on our children, who are starting to use cell phones as early as seven and eight years old. And we also know that a young brain is much more susceptible to the dangers of cell phones.”

Interview on PBS’ Tavis Smiley show,, Mar. 24, 2009

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 2006-present
  • Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neuroscience, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 1997-present
  • Founder, Microsurgeon Incorporated
  • Founder, Imagine Pharmaceuticals,
  • Member: American Academy of Neurological Surgery, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, California Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Neurosurgical Society of America, Southern California Neurosurgical Society, Western Neurosurgical Society, Society for Neuro-oncology, Pituitary Society, American Association for Cancer Research, and the Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • Editorial Board Member: Neurological Research, Gene Therapy and Molicular Biology, Neuroscience Medicine and Technology, Neurosurgery Quarterly, and Frontiers in Bioscience
  • Recipient, Jacob Javits award, National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council of the National Institutes of Health, June 2000
  • Named one of the 21 most important people of the 21st century, Esquire Magazine, 1999
  • Professor of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, UCLA Medical Center, 1994-1997
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, UCLA Medical Center, 1991-1994
  • Recipient, Levi Human Rights Award in Medicine, 1994
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, UCLA Medical Center, 1987-1991
  • MD, University of Michigan, 1981
  • BS, Biomedical Science, University of Michigan, 1978
  • Has performed more than 5,000 operations for brain tumors