Bankiewicz_460x460Tenured Professor
Vice Chair of Research
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Department of Neurological Surgery

Brain Health and Performance Center
The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University, Department of Neurological Surgery
N1018 Doan Hall
410 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Dr. Bankiewicz serves as a tenured professor at The Ohio State University and holds the Gilbert and Kathryn Mitchell Endowed Chair at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He also serves as director of The Ohio State University’s Brain Health Performance Center.

In addition to his work at The Ohio State University, Dr. Bankiewicz is the co-founder of MedGenesis Therapeutix Inc., Voyager Therapeutics Inc. and Brain Neuropathy Bio Inc. He holds the position of professor emeritus and vice chair for research at the University of California at San Francisco, and he served as the former chief of molecular therapeutics at the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, he is the director of the Interventional Neuro Centers at Brodno Hospital in Warsaw, Poland, and the University of California at San Francisco.

Throughout his career, he has authored over 230 peer-reviewed articles and developed numerous patents for surgical devices and more. Currently, Dr. Bankiewicz is leading two ongoing gene therapy clinical trials in Parkinson’s disease and in pediatric neurotransmitter deficiency.

Research Interests

  • Development of translational approaches to drug, gene and cell replacement therapies


MD: Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland)
PhD: Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry (Warsaw, Poland)
DSc: Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry (Warsaw, Poland)
Internship: General Surgery, Medical Academy of Warsaw, Poland
Residency: Neuro-orthopedic Postgraduate Medical Center (Warsaw, Poland)
Fellowship: Surgical Neurology, NINDS, NIH (Bethesda, Maryland)

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Polish Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Academic Editor, Public Library of Science (PLOS One) Open Access Journal
  • Medycyna Praktyczna – Neurologia
  • NeuroImage
  • Neuro-Oncology
  • Experimental Neurology
  • Journal of Neural Transplantation and Plasticity

Other Editorial Activities

  • Ad hoc referee, Experimental Neurology
  • Ad hoc referee, Movement Disorders
  • Ad hoc referee, Journal of Neurochemistry
  • Ad hoc referee, Life Science
  • Ad hoc referee, Brain Research
  • Ad hoc referee, Cell Transplantation
  • Ad hoc referee, Molecular Therapy
  • Ad hoc referee, Neurobiology of Aging
  • Ad hoc referee, Cancer Research
  • Ad hoc referee, Journal of Neuroscience
  • Ad hoc referee, Journal of Comparative Neurology
  • Ad hoc referee, The Wellcome Trust Foundation
  • Ad hoc referee, PNAS
  • Ad hoc referee, Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
  • Ad hoc referee, European Journal of Neuroscience
  • Ad hoc referee, Human Gene Therapy
  • Ad hoc referee, NeuroOncology
  • Ad hoc referee, Nature
  • Ad hoc referee, Science Translational Medicine

Professional Activities

  • Program Chair, 3rd International AADC Deficiency Symposium (London), 2016
  • Advisor and Judge, Center for Advancing Innovation and the National Institutes of Health, 2014-2015
  • Chair and Organizer, 13th International Symposium on Neural Transplantation and Repair (Beijing), 2014-2015
  • Chair and Organizer, Winter Conference on Brain Research (Big Sky), 2015
  • Chair, Scientific Program, Targeted Drug Delivery Conference (San Francisco), 2012
  • Board of Directors, International Brain Mapping and Intraoperative Planning Society, 2011
  • Co-Chair and Organizer, International Brain Mapping and Intraoperative Planning Society Annual Meeting (San Francisco), 2011
  • Coordinating Reviewer for the Abstracts, American Society of Gene Therapy, 2006 – 2011
  • Member, Society for Neuro-Oncology, 2005
  • Member, Neural Disorders Committee, American Society of Gene Therapy, 2004 – 2007
  • Fellow, American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair, 1999
  • Member, American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Elected Member, Polish Academy of Science, 2017
  • International Trust Award, OTIS, Warsaw, Poland, 2017
  • Invited by Polish Senate to participate in the XXVI International Economic Forum, Krynica Zdroj, Poland, 2016
  • Nominated for the Breakthrough Award, UCSF, 2016
  • Eminent Scientist, The Koscuiszko Foundation, New York City, 2014
  • Harvard University, John H. Mislow Memorial Lecturer, 2014
  • Dr. Bieganski Award, Polish Physicians Association, Czestochowa, Poland, 2013
  • De Armond Lecture, American Association of Neuropathologists, 2012
  • Endowed Chair, University of California, San Francisco, 2009
  • Honorary Member, Polish Academy of Neurology, 2008
  • Presidential Presentation, American Society of Gene Therapy, 2007
  • Drug Development Prize, Academy of Molecular Imaging, 2002
  • Special Act or Service Award, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, 2000
  • Patent Award, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, 1999
  • DeWitt Stetten, Jr. Lecture National Institutes of Health. Brain implantation in Parkinson’s disease, 1988
  • Fogarty Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 1985

Advisory and Consulting

  • Founder and Scientific Advisory Board, MedGenesis Therapeutics
  • Scientific Advisory Board, Biomedical Research and Regenerative Medicine (INBIOMED), San Sebastian, Span
  • Medical and Scientific Advisor, The AADC Research Trust Board of Directors, UK
  • Member of the Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disease (PND) Association Medical & Scientific (M&S) Advisory Board
  • Founder and Scientific Advisor, Voyager Therapeutics
  • Scientific Advisor, Pfizer

Grants and Projects

  • Permanent Member, NIH Gene and Drug Delivery (GDD) Study Section
  • Member, Committee on Animal Research, University of California at San Francisco
  • Ad Hoc, NINDS Study Section, Preclinical Studies of Gene Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Member, NINDS Udall Center Review Panel ZNS1 SRB-M (05)
  • Member, NINDS Udall Center Review Panel ZNS1 SRB-M (12)