Curriculum vitae

Oliver Sacks, MD, FRCP

Born July 9, 1933, London
Citizenship: British (Permanent resident of U.S.)

Education and Post-Graduate Training

1954           Queen’s College, Oxford, B.A., Physiology and Biology
1954-55     Laboratory of Human Nutrition, Oxford University, Research Fellow
1955-58     Middlesex Hospital, London
1958           M.A., B.M., B.Ch. (Oxford)
1959           Middlesex Hospital, London, internships in medicine, and neurology
1960           Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, house surgeon
1961-62     Mt. Zion Hospital, San Francisco, rotating internship
1962-65     Univ. of California, Los Angeles, residency in neurology,neuropathology


1960-61     Mt. Zion Hospital, San Francisco, Research Asst, Parkinsonism unit
1965-66     Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, Fellow in neuropathology  and neurochemistry

1966-75     Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Instructor in Neurology

1966-68     Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY, Consulting Neurologist, Headache unit
1966-2007 Beth Abraham Hospital, Bronx, NY, Consulting Neurologist
1966-91      Bronx Psychiatric Center, Bronx, NY, Consulting Neurologist
1972-          Little Sisters of the Poor, NY, Consulting Neurologist
1974-76     Bronx Developmental Services, Consulting Neurologist
1975-78     Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Neurology
1978-85     Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Associate Professor of Neurology
1985-2007 Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Neurology
1992-2007 NYU School of Medicine, Adjunct Prof of Psychiatry (assigned to Neurology)
1999-2007 NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Consulting Neurologist
2007-2012 Columbia University Medical Center, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
2007-2012 Columbia University Artist

2012-           NYU School of Medicine, Professor of Neurology

2012-           NYU Langone Medical Ctr Comprehensive Epilepsy Ctr, Consulting Neurologist

2013-          University of Warwick, Visiting Professor

Honorary Degrees

1990         Georgetown University, Doctor of Humane Letters
1991         Tufts University, Doctor of Science
1991         College of Staten Island, CUNY, Doctor of Humane Letters
1991         New York Medical College, Doctor of Science
1992         Medical College of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Medical Science
1992         Bard College, Doctor of Science
2001         Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Doctor of Laws
2003         Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Doctor of Medical Science
2005         Gallaudet University, Doctor of Laws
2005         University of Oxford, Doctor of Civil Law
2006         Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
2008         Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Watson School of Biological Sciences,
Doctor of Science

Honorary Fellowships

American Academy of Arts and Letters
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Neurological Association
Association of British Neurologists
Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University
New York Academy of Sciences
New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU
Queen’s College, Oxford
Royal College of Physicians
University of California, Santa Cruz, Cowell College

Board Positions (partial listing)

Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (hon. medical advisor)
National Aphasia Association (hon. board member)
Neurosciences Institute, San Diego
New York Botanical Garden (Board of Managers and Botanical Science Committee)
Tourette Syndrome Association New York City Chapter (hon. board member)
Tourette Syndrome Association USA (hon. Chair, Research Program)


Alpha Omega Alpha
American Academy of Neurology
American Fern Society
Authors’ Guild
New York Mineralogical Club
Society for Neuroscience

Selected Awards and Honors

1970         Alpha Omega Alpha, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1973         Book of the Year, The Observer, Awakenings
1974         Hawthornden Prize for Imaginative Literature, Awakenings
1988         American Psychiatric Association, Oskar Pfister Award
1989         American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters, Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award
1989         Guggenheim Fellowship (for work on the neuro-anthropology of Tourette’s Syndrome)
1991         The Scriptor Award, University of Southern California, Awakenings
1991         Odd Fellows Social Concern Book Award, Seeing Voices
1991         Prix Psyche’
1991         National Headache Foundation, Professional Support Award
1991         American Academy of Neurology, Presidential Citation
1991         American Neurological Association, Special Presidential Award
1991         The Royal National Institute for the Deaf, Communicator of the Year Award
1991         Assn of Neuroscience Depts & Programs, Award for Education in Neuroscience
1994         George S. Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, “An Anthropologist on Mars”
1994         National Association of Science Writers Award, “An Anthropologist on Mars”
1995         Esquire/Apple/Waterstone’s Book of the Year, An Anthropologist on Mars
1996         Mainichi Publishing Culture Award, Tokyo, Best Natural Science Book,
Seeing Voices
2000-06 Cornell University, A.D. White Professor-at-Large
2001         New York Times Editors’ Choice, Uncle Tungsten
2002         Lewis Thomas Prize for the Scientist as Poet, Rockefeller University
2002         Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship (Music and the Brain)
2002         Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, Uncle Tungsten
2004         National Science Foundation Public Communication Award
2004         Tanner Lecturer in Human Values, Yale University
2004         Coalition of Voluntary Mental Health Associations, Mental Health Award
2004         E.A. Wood Scientific Writing Award, American Crystallographic Association
2004         New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology
2004         Literature Award of the German Chemical Industry Fund, Uncle Tungsten

2008        Commander of the British Empire

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