Cureus Academic Council

Formed to ensure that Cureus aspires to the highest academic standards, the Cureus Academic Council includes a select group of world-renowned academics and past presidents from leading institutions including Stanford University, the Salk Institute, the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, the National University of Singapore and the American Medical Association. The Academic Council assists Cureus in changing the medical publishing industry by leveraging its members’ broad-ranging experience and formidable understanding of the medical and scientific research communities.


William Brody

President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Dr. William R. Brody, President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and an acclaimed physician-scientist, entrepreneur, and university leader, joined the Salk Institute on March 2, 2009 after 12 years as President of The Johns Hopkins University. He is a national figure in efforts to encourage innovation and strengthen the U.S. economy through investments in basic research and education. Most recently, he has written and spoken extensively around the country to promote a comprehensive discussion on health care reform.

Renowned for his achievements in biomedical engineering, Dr. Brody has over 100 publications and two U.S. patents in the field of medical imaging and has made contributions in medical acoustics, computed tomography, digital radiography and magnetic resonance imaging. These contributions have led to his recognition by numerous national and international institutions. Dr. Brody is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the American College of Radiology, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American Institute of Biomedical Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Radiological Society of North America for his contributions to medical imaging science.

A native of Stockton, California, Dr. Brody received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.D. and Ph.D. (also in electrical engineering) from Stanford University. Following postgraduate training in cardiovascular surgery and radiology at Stanford, the National Institutes of Health, and the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Brody was Professor of Radiology and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (1977-1986). He has been a co-founder of three medical device companies and served as the President and CEO of Resonex, Inc. from 1984 to 1987.

Dr. Brody currently serves on the Scientific Management Review Board of the National Institutes of Health and the Board of Directors of both IBM and Novartis. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. He formerly served on the board of the Minnesota Orchestra Association, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Whitaker Foundation Governing Committee, Science Board of the Food and Drug Administration, and the board of trustees of both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Commonwealth Fund, the Whitaker Foundation, and the Minnesota Orchestra.


Peter W. Carmel

Past President, American Medical Association

Dr. Peter W. Carmel, an internationally renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, is currently Chair Emeritus of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and a Professor of Neurological Surgery at the New Jersey Medical School. He served as the founding Chair of the Neurological Surgery Department for 15 years and was the founding Co-Medical Director of the Neurological Institute of New Jersey in Newark.

Receiving a B.A. degree from the College of the University of Chicago and an M.D. from New York University’s Bellevue College of Medicine, Dr. Carmel completed his medical training at the New York University School of Medicine and was a research associate at the National Institutes of Health. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the Neurological Institute of New York and obtained his doctorate in neuroanatomy from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S). At P&S, he was the founding Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and a Professor of Neurological Surgery.

Board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Dr. Carmel leads the UMDNJ Pediatric Neurosurgery Division as well as providing services within the Brain Tumor Program and Skull Base/Endoscopic Surgery. One of the field's premier doctors, he has received numerous awards and honors and has been listed in several physician-selected consumer guides for outstanding physicians, including the American Health Magazine survey of the "Best Doctors in America."

Active in several professional institutions, Dr. Carmel has held leadership positions in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, as well as serving as Chairman of the National Coalition for Research in Neurological Diseases and Stroke and Chair of the National Foundation for Brain Research. Dr. Carmel also served as the 166th president of the American Medical Association (AMA) from June 2011 to June 2012.

Dr. Carmel's research, often focusing on childhood brain tumors, congenital anomalies of the nervous system, and the structure and function of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, has resulted in the publication of over 100 scientific articles and 25 books and chapters. He has lectured extensively on neurological surgery throughout the United States and abroad, including France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Scandinavia, Russia and Mexico.


Samuel Hellman

A.N. Pritzker Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology, University of Chicago

Dr. Hellman served as Dean and A. N. Pritzker Professor of the Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine and Vice President for the Medical Center from July 1988 to June 1993. He was Physician-in-Chief of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases from 1983 to 1988. During this time he also held the Benno C. Schmidt Chair in Clinical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In addition, Dr. Hellman was Professor of Radiation Oncology at Cornell University Medical College from 1984 to 1988.

Before joining Sloan-Kettering, Dr. Hellman served as Chairman of the Department of Radiation Therapy at the Harvard Medical School where he was the Alvin T. and Viola D. Fuller American Cancer Society Professor. He was Director of the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy at the Harvard Medical School. During this time he also served as chief of radiation therapy at a number of major hospitals in Boston.

Dr. Hellman has been active in both clinical and laboratory investigation, and has been involved in studies of breast cancer, prostate cancer and lymphoma. He is the author or co-author of some 262 scientific articles in his field and co-editor of the standard textbook on cancer, Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. He also serves as co-editor of The Cancer Journal from Scientific American.

Dr. Hellman served as Chairman of the Board of Allegheny College (1987-1993), where he received his B.S. degree Magna Cum Laude in 1955. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Hellman is also a member of the Board of Directors of Varian Associates, Inc., and of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of The Brookings Institution.

Dr. Hellman has participated in the work of a number of prestigious committees throughout his 40-year career, while earning a reputation as one of the nation's leading cancer researchers and educator. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Board of Directors for the American Society of Therapeutic Radiologists. Dr. Hellman has also served as Chairman for the Board of Scientific Counselors, Division of Cancer Treatment, National Cancer Institute, Chairman for the Board of Directors for the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and on the Board of Governors for Agronne National Laboratory. He currently serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

Dr. Hellman has been widely recognized with numerous honors and awards, including: the 1980 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award for Clinical Research of the American Association of Cancer Research, the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care from the Association of Community Cancer Centers, an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Allegheny College and from the State University of New York Health Sciences at Syracuse (SUNY) and the David A. Karnofsky Award for the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

He is also an honorary Member of the Canadian Association of Radiologists and the recipient of both the Medal of the City of Paris and Medal of the University of Helsinki. Dr. Hellman has served as President of both the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is the recipient of the Gold Medals of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the del Regato Foundation. Dr. Hellman is also the recipient of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology Centennial Hartman Orator Medal and the Claudius Regaud Medal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.


Donald Kennedy

President Emeritus of Stanford University

Donald Kennedy is President Emeritus of Stanford University, the Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Emeritus, and a Senior Fellow by courtesy at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute. From 2000 to 2008, Dr. Kennedy served as the editor-in-chief of Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a CESP senior fellow by courtesy.

His present research program entails policy regarding trans-boundary environmental problems, such as major land-use changes, economically-driven alterations in agricultural practice, global climate change and the development of regulatory policies.

Kennedy has served on the faculty of Stanford University since 1960. From 1980 to 1992, he served as President of Stanford University. He was Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration from 1977 to 1979. Previously at Stanford, he was Director of the Program in Human Biology from 1973 to 1977 and Chair of the Department of Biology from 1964 to 1972.

Kennedy is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He served on the National Commission for Public Service and the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government and as a founding Director of the Health Effects Institute. He currently serves as a Director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as Co-Chair of the National Academies' Project on Science, Technology and Law. Kennedy received A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in biology from Harvard University.


John Eu-Li Wong

Vice Provost (Academic Medicine) National University of Singapore

Professor John Wong Eu Li, an Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences, is Vice Provost (Academic Medicine) of the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also the Deputy Chief Executive of the National University Health System (NUHS) and Director of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS).

A medical oncologist-hematologist by training, Professor Wong obtained his MBBS from NUS and did his residency and fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Professor Wong is actively involved in the development of Biomedical Sciences as a key pillar of Singapore's economy, as well as the development of Singapore's first academic health system linking the National University Hospital and the National University of Singapore's medical, public health, dental and nursing schools under one unified governance.

Professor Wong sits on the Board of Directors of the Hastings Center, and represents Singapore in the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Association of Academic Health Centers – International. He jointly founded the Cancer Therapeutics Research Group, a multi-national consortium of nine academic institutions, and has served as a member of the International Education Council for Molecular Targeted Therapy for Cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology International Affairs Committee and the International Oncology Foundation Advisory Board.

Professor Wong's research interests are in the development of new drugs, new treatment strategies and differences between Asian and Caucasian cancers.

He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2005 and the National Outstanding Clinician Award in 2009 in recognition of his contributions to medicine and clinical research. He also received the SASS Foundation award in 2010 in recognition of his outstanding contributions in advancing the field of Hematology Oncology. Professor Wong is a frequently invited speaker on academic medicine at international meetings such as the AAHC International Forum, the World Health Summit and the Annual World Health Care Congress Europe.