About Dr. Schor

Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Photo of Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D., deputy director of NINDS

Before joining NINDS in January 2018, Dr. Schor served as chair of the department of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester, New York, where the focus of her research was on neuroblastoma, a type of pediatric cancer, and neuronal death caused by oxidative stress, which occurs when harmful forms of oxygen molecules damage cells. She was the principal investigator on numerous NIH-funded grants.

Over her career, Dr. Schor has mentored more than 80 post-doctoral fellows and graduate, medical, and undergraduate students. While at the University of Rochester, Dr. Schor was the first Director of the Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program and played an integral role in developing the program and recruiting graduate students.

Dr. Schor has earned numerous awards and honors, including the American Neurological Association Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award, being named a Fellow at the American Academy of Neurology, and serving on the Board of Directors for Neurology at the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Schor has been an active member of many professional societies including the Society for Pediatric Research, American Society of Pediatric Department Chairs, and the American Neurological Association.

She earned a Ph.D. in medical biochemistry from Rockefeller University in New York City and her M.D. from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Upon receiving her M.D., she completed residency programs in neurology and pediatrics at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Following her residencies, she was a professor, chief of child neurology and associate dean for medical student research at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

In addition to her research work, Dr. Schor is a poet whose work has been published in the Neurology journal and in a poetry chapbook.