David Kurland, MD

Dr. David Kurland was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and is the first member of his family to become a physician. He attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with an A.B. in Biochemistry. Prior to matriculating into medical school, Dr. Kurland worked at the NIH under Dr. William Gahl, the Clinical Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. While at the NIH, Dr. Kurland had to fortune to be present for the inception of the highly successful Undiagnosed Diseases Program, which further spurred his interest in bench-to-bedside discoveries.

Dr. Kurland’s interest in neurosurgery blossomed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he obtained his MD and PhD as a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program. During his PhD training under Dr. J. Marc Simard, he studied the molecular mechanisms of cell swelling and neuroinflammatory injury following CNS insult, and played a role in the preclinical work that has since led to successful clinical trials in the treatment of stroke and TBI.

Dr. Kurland feels truly fortunate to train at NYU in the Department of Neurosurgery, among the extraordinary team of faculty and residents. In his opinion, the residency program at NYU offers incredibly well-balanced clinical training, in addition to world-class academic opportunities. These factors, along with NYC’s vibrant start-up scene and the backing of the most robust Office of Industrial Liason in the nation, make NYU the most enticing place to train as a neurosurgeon-scientist.

In his free time, Dr. Kurland enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, cooking, reading, traveling, and watching bad TV shows with his wife, Nicole.