Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center
Dr. Nina F. Schor is the seventh Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and the William H. Eilinger Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is also Pediatrician-in-Chief of the Golisano Children’s Hospital at UR Medicine and Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurobiology & Anatomy. Before arriving in Rochester, she was the Chief of the Division of Child Neurology in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She was Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, and Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh and held the Carol Ann Craumer Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. A native of New York City, Dr. Schor received her BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, her MD from Cornell University, and her PhD from Rockefeller University. Her work at Rockefeller University resulted in awarding of a U.S. Patent and an IND from the FDA for development of a mucolytic agent for use in children with cystic fibrosis. She did her Pediatrics and Child Neurology residencies at Harvard University, Children’s Hospital of Boston, and the Longwood Area Neurology Program. Dr. Schor heads a research effort aimed at design and development of new strategies for treating tumors of the nervous system, including neuroblastoma and pheochromocytoma and for understanding the developmental mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. She served as Associate Dean for Medical Student Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schor’s research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, among other agencies, since 1988. Her grants include a Shannon Award, a FIRST Award, a Phase I SBIR Award, and an Individual Senior Fellowship, in addition to several R01 Awards and training grants at all levels at both the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Rochester. Dr. Schor was also the founding Director of the Headache Clinic Program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She continues to hold leadership positions in many national organizations, as well. Dr. Schor has been a Counselor of the Society for Pediatric Research, Counselor and Secretary-Treasurer of the Child Neurology Society, and President of Professors of Child Neurology. She is a member of the Executive Committees of the American Neurological Association (Executive Council Member, 2007-2009; Secretary, 2009-2013), the American Pediatric Society (Council Member, 2010-2015), and the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (Executive Councilor, 2008-2011; Program Chair, 2011-2015) and a member of the Science Committee of the American Academy of Neurology (2009-2015), and serves on the Selection and Steering Committees of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program. Dr. Schor has served as an Editor of Swaiman’s Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice and Nelson’s Textbook of Pediatrics. She recently concluded her term as President of the Child Neurology Society. In July 2015, Dr. Schor was selected as a Director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.