Alejandro Berenstein, MD (Dr B.) was born in Mexico City in 1948, graduated from the UNAM, at present is Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology and Pediatrics, Director of the Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System in NYC.
His contributions include the description of the functional vascular anatomy, understanding and description of the diseases, and the development of multiple medical devices to treat them, now used throughout the world.
He has authored over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 25 chapters in the field, and 9 books, including the five-volume, groundbreaking textbook “Surgical Neuroangiography.”
Among the more than 30 awards, in 1989 he received the Ramon y Cajal Award in Medicine for distinguished Latin American Physicians. In 1998 he received the first Cerebrovascular Luessenhop Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section of Cerebrovascular Surgery. In 2001 he was awarded the Paolo Raimondi Award from the AANS/CNS on Pediatric Neurological Surgery, and is the only physician to have received both. In 2007 he received the Physician of the Year award from the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation for his work with children with vascular birth defects. In 2007, he received the Boston Scientific Neurovascular Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in research and clinical applications; in 2008, he won the Heart of New York Stroke Spotlight Award from the American Heart and Stroke Association.
He is an Honorary Member of the Japanese Society of Neuroendovascular Therapy; in 2009 he received the first Serbinenko Golden Sign Award in Neurosurgery in Moscow. He has been visiting professor, both lecturer and faculty, on over 600 occasions. He became the first president of the World Federation of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology and third president of the American Society of Interventional and Therapeutic Neuroradiology. He has been the President of SILAN the Latin-American Society of Neuroradiology (2012-2013).
Alejandro Berenstein, MD, is Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Radiology, and Pediatrics at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai HCS in New York.