The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Zachary Grinspan as Interim Division Chief of Child Neurology, effective January 15th. We are immensely grateful to Dr. Chris Cunniff for his previous dedicated service in this role, and for his ongoing work as chair of the search committee for the permanent division chief.
Dr. Grinspan, who also serves as Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program, has already been working closely with Department leadership and Dr. Cunniff to offer strong operational support and advocacy for the Child Neurology Division and its patients. In addition to his leadership and clinical skills, Dr. Grinspan is well equipped to administer the research and education demands of the Division with a background in health services, epidemiology, and informatics.
In this new role, Dr. Grinspan looks forward to supporting and leading the Child Neurology Division to deliver high quality comprehensive patient- and family-centered care, to encourage the Division’s research activities and collaborative initiatives, and to provide a robust training environment for the next generation of clinicians and pediatrician-scientists.
Dr. Grinspan is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics and in Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Associate Attending Pediatrician at NewYork- Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the NYP Komansky Children’s Hospital. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the Mass General Hospital for Children in Boston, returning to New York to complete his residency in child neurology at Columbia University Medical Center and a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. Grinspan also completed a post-doctoral research program in quality of care and clinical informatics at Weill Cornell Medicine, funded through the National Institutes of Health Neurologic Science Academic Development Award (NIH NSADA). In addition to his Medical Degree, he holds a Masters of Science in Biostatistics. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, and Epilepsy.
A national leader in pediatric epilepsy research, Dr. Grinspan has a strong track record of academic publications, grant awards, mentorship, collaboration, and innovation. His 79 published research articles include collaborations with international experts across multiple disciplines (epilepsy, emergency medicine, critical care, health services research, informatics, biostatistics, machine learning, engineering, and economics), and are included in The Lancet Neurology, JAMA Pediatrics, Annals of Neurology, and Epilepsia. He leads several large multi-centered research projects, including a CDC funded study of the epidemiology of rare epilepsies in New York City, and a 20-center grant to build the Pediatric Epilepsy Learning Healthcare System.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Grinspan to this new role.