Maciej (Matt) Lesniak, MD, has been named the Michael J. Marchese Professor and Chair of the Departments of Neurological Surgery at Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Prior to joining Northwestern, Dr. Lesniak was a Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Cancer Biology, as well as Director of Neurosurgical Oncology and Neuro-Oncology Research, at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Dr. Lesniak’s laboratory work explores a diverse range of brain cancer therapies, focusing on genetics, stem cell therapy, immunotherapy, and nanotechnology. He is currently the principal investigator of six multimillion-dollar grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Lesniak is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, notably the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy Outstanding Investigator Award and the National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award for exceptional and transformative cancer research. He is a member of ASCO, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, and the Society of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Lesniak earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed both his residency in neurosurgery and fellowship in neurosurgical oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2003, he joined the University of Chicago. ■