Kevin J. Tracey is President and CEO of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and President and Professor of the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, in Manhasset, NY. A neurosurgeon by training, he is a leader within the field of inflammation research. His contributions to science include discovery of the neurological reflexes that control immune responses, and developing this as a method for treating rheumatoid arthritis in a successful clinical trial. His publications include >330 papers, and The Institute for Scientific Information named him “Highly Cited Researcher in Immunology,” placing him in the top 0.5% of all publishing scientists. His career H-index is 108; since 2009 his H-index is 83 (Google Scholar).
Professor Tracey received his B.S. (Chemistry, summa cum laude) from Boston College in 1979, and his M.D. from Boston University in 1983. From 1983 to 1992 he trained as a neurosurgeon at the New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center, and as a guest investigator at the Rockefeller University. In 1992, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Cornell University Medical College, and established his laboratory at North Shore University Hospital, in Manhasset, New York. In 2001 he was appointed the founding Program Director for the General Clinical Research Center, which received designation from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2006 he was appointed President and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical research, and Senior Vice President of Research for the North Shore-LIJ health System, the largest health care provider in New York. In 2008 he was also appointed Associate Dean for Research, and Professor of Molecular Medicine and Neurosurgery at the newly founded Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, while retaining his appointment as President and CEO at the Feinstein Institute.
Professor Tracey’s honors include a Doctorate honoris causa from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden in 2009; the DeWitt Stetten Director’s Lecture from The National Institutes of Health in 2007; and the Annual Clinical Science Lecture from the Karolinska Institute in 2002. He has received lectureships from Harvard, Yale, The Rockefeller University, The Scripps Institute, The University of Texas Southwestern, and elsewhere. He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (2001), the American Association of Physicians (2009), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2014) and Alpha Omega Alpha (2014). He co-chaired the first international scientific congress addressing the “The Inflammatory Reflex,” a Nobel Conference in 2004 of the Karolinska Institute; and co-chaired the “First HMGB1 Cytokine World Congress” in 2003 in Saltsjobaden, Sweden. Dr. Tracey is Editor in Chief of Molecular Medicine, and Advisory Editor of The Journal of Experimental Medicine.