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Kevin J. Tracey

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Kevin J. Tracey
Born (1957-12-10) December 10, 1957 (age 60)
Alma materBoston University
Known forBioelectronics
Scientific career
FieldsNeurosurgery, immunology
InstitutionsFeinstein Institute for Medical Research

Kevin J. Tracey, a neurosurgeon and inventor, is the president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, professor of neurosurgery and molecular medicine at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and President of the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine[1] in Manhasset, New York.

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Early life

Tracey was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on 10 December 1957. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Boston College in 1979 and his M.D. from Boston University in 1983. From 1983 to 1992 he trained in neurosurgery at the New York Hospital/Cornell University[2] with Russel Patterson. During this time he was also a guest investigator at Rockefeller University.[citation needed]

Academic appointments

In 1992, Tracey moved to the Northwell Health,[3] in Manhasset, New York, where he practiced neurosurgery and established the Laboratory of Biomedical Science. In 2005 he was appointed president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and professor at and president of the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine (Manhasset, New York).[1][citation needed]He is a professor and head of the Herman and Susan Merinoff Center for Patient Oriented Research at the Feinstein. In 2016, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $3.9 million for improper disclosure of research participants’ protected health information.[4]


Tracey studies inflammation; he turned to immunological research and inflammation after training as a neurosurgeon, due to his puzzlement over what happened to a young woman in his care who died of sepsis.[5]

In the early 1980s, Tracey and colleagues described the inflammatory activity of TNF-α and other cytokines, which ultimately led to the discovery and development of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for arthritis.[5]

Further research led Tracey to study the role of the vagus nerve in controlling the immune system.[6] In 2007 he co-founded a company called SetPoint Medical which aimed to develop vagus nerve stimulation devices to treat autoimmune diseases.[6][7][8] The company started clinical trials in 2011, and results published in 2016.[6]

Awards and honors

Book and editorial activities

  • Tracey, K. J. (2005). Fatal Sequence: The Killer Within. New York: Dana Press. ISBN 978-1932594065.
  • Editor-in-chief, Bioelectronic Medicine


  1. ^ a b "Elmezzi Graduate School".
  2. ^ "Cornell Neurological Surgery Alumni".
  3. ^ "North Shore-LIJ Health System".
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b Carlson, Emily (September 2010). "Up Close With: Kevin Tracey" (PDF). Findings. Office of Communications and Public Liaison National Institute of General Medical Sciences. pp. 9–16.
  6. ^ a b c Fox, D (3 May 2017). "The shock tactics set to shake up immunology". Nature. 545 (7652): 20–22. doi:10.1038/545020a. PMID 28470211. open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ Garde, Damien (2013). "SetPoint Medical – 2013 Fierce 15". FierceBiotech.
  8. ^ Behar, Michael (May 23, 2014). "Can the Nervous System Be Hacked?". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Maria Sjögren. "Honorary doctors at Karolinska Institutet 2009 - Prizes and Awards - Karolinska Institutet". Retrieved 2013-02-07.
  10. ^ "ISI Highly Cited Researchers".

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