Derek Yecies, MD

Derek grew up in the Bay Area. He attended Princeton University for his undergraduate training where he majored in molecular biology and neuroscience, was active in musical groups, and played on the varsity and club lacrosse teams. His undergraduate research focused on the effects of contextual memory on motor memory reconsolidation. Prior to attending medical school at Boston University, Derek worked in the Letai lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where his research focused on novel cancer therapeutics targeting the BCL-2 family of anti-apoptotic proteins. Derek is currently undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship in the Grant and de la Zerda labs with the goal of translating recent advances in optical coherence tomography and molecular imaging into tools that can be used to localize brain tumors and detect brain tumor margins intraoperatively. Outside of the hospital Derek enjoys spending time with his wife, son, daughter and extended family, cooking, and music.


2013-present Neurosurgery Residency, Stanford Hospital & Clinics
2009-2013 MD, Boston University School of Medicine
2004-2008 AB, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience certificate, Princeton University

Program Completion:


Research interests:

molecular imaging, adapting optical coherence tomography for intraoperative use, targeting apoptosis in cancer, pediatric neuro-oncology


2017 AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery Resident Travelling Fellowship
2017 Shelton Award for top resident abstract, AANS/CNS Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery meeting
2017 Sherry Apple Resident Travel Scholarship for outstanding resident abstract, CNS meeting
2017 Top Oral Presentation, Stanford Neuroscience Forum
2017 Department award for score greater than 90th percentile on ABNS written board exam
2016 R25 Training Grant, NIH/NINDS
2016 Child Health Research Institute Tashia and John Morgridge endowed postdoctoral fellowship
2013 Graduated with Cum Laude distinction, Boston University School of Medicine
2013 Wein Student Research Award (outstanding contribution to cancer research), Boston University School of Medicine
2012 William Kahn and Albert Kahn Award, awarded to the top third year medical student, Boston University School of Medicine
2012 Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA), Boston University School of medicine
2010 American Cancer Society Betty Lea Stone Research Fellowship
2008 Graduated with Cum Laude distinction (AB, Princeton University)
2008 Sigma Xi Research Honors, Princeton University
2007 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Molecular, Quantitative, & Computational Biology, Princeton University
2006 Scholarship for Child Family Health International Program



Derek Yecies