Kevin K. Kumar, MD, PhD

Kevin grew up in Long Island, New York. He attended college at Cornell University where he majored in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior. After graduation, Kevin moved to Nashville, Tennessee to join the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Vanderbilt University to earn his combined MD/PhD. He completed his PhD in Neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr. Aaron Bowman, where he studied the regulation of manganese in both Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease using high throughput screening, induced pluripotent stem cells, and untargeted metabolomics. As a resident, Kevin completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Marius Wernig in the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. His work focused on developing a platform to replace microglia in the brain as a novel therapy for neurodevelopmental disorders. Outside of neurosurgery, Kevin enjoys traveling, reading about history and world affairs, high-intensity interval training, and playing tennis.



2016 – Present
Stanford University
 – Stanford, CA
Department of Neurosurgery
Resident Physician

2009 – 2016
Vanderbilt University 
– Nashville, TN
M.D. Medical Scientist Training Program

2011 – 2014
Vanderbilt University 
– Nashville, TN
Ph.D. Neuroscience

2005 – 2009
Cornell University
 – Ithaca, NY
B.S. cum laudeDistinction in Research
Biological Sciences (Neurobiology and Behavior)


Research Interests:

Pediatric Neurosurgery, Functional Neurosurgery, Stem Cell Biology, Neuroregeneration


Awards and Honors:

2021 - Philip L. Gildenberg Resident Award
Awarded by American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) at AANS Annual Meeting

2021 Edwin Boldrey Young Investigator Award
Awarded by San Francisco Neurological Society

2019 R25 Training Grant
Awarded by NIH – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

2018 Stanford Society of Physician Scholars (SSPS) Grant Award 

2016 John G. Coniglio Prize in Biochemistry
Awarded by Department of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University – Nashville, TN

2015 Elaine Sanders-Bush Neuroscience Research Prize 
Awarded by Vanderbilt Brain Institute for Outstanding Original Research in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience – Nashville, TN

2015 Donald O. Quest Medical Student Basic Science Award
Awarded by American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Senior Neurosurgical Society (SNS) at AANS Annual Meeting - Washington, DC

2014 Laxman Desai Best Abstract Award – Society of Toxicology
Awarded at 53rd Annual Meeting – Phoenix, AZ

2014 Graduate Student Travel Award – Society of Toxicology
Awarded at 53rd Annual Meeting – Phoenix, AZ

2013 Graduate Student Travel Award – Society for Neuroscience Awarded at Neuroscience 2013 Annual Meeting – San Diego, CA

2013 Graduate Student Poster Award – Society of Toxicology Neurotoxicology Specialty Section, Awarded at 52nd Annual Meeting – San Antonio, TX

2013 Top 25 Hottest Articles in Neuroscience – Neurotoxicology SciVerse – Science Direct

2013 Graduate Student Award – Society for Neuroscience Awarded at Middle Tennessee Chapter Society for Neuroscience Data Blitz Competition – Nashville, TN

2009 – 2016 Medical Scientist Training Program - Funded by NIH T32 GM07347, full tuition scholarship and stipend for both medical and graduate school.





Kevin Kumar