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Professor Jay Jeffrey Schnitzer, BS, MD (Harvard), PhD (MIT), DFNWC

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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Professor Dr. Jay Jeffrey Schnitzer, BS, MD, PhD, DFNWC

Professor Dr. Jay Jeffrey Schnitzer was appointed Co-President of New Westminster College on 4 November 2015 and serves concurrently as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors. He has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and currently serves as Director of Biomedical Sciences at the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts. Before joining MITRE, Dr. Schnitzer was the Director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). During his tenure, he led a team of 20 program managers and 70 support staff overseeing research and development across multiple domains, from life sciences and biomedical research to quantum physics, including materials science, advanced mathematics, and engineering, with an annual research budget of $460 million.

Previously, Dr. Schnitzer was at Boston Scientific Corporation as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President. His responsibilities at Boston Scientific Corporation included medical and clinical oversight of the entire product lifecycle for all medical devices manufactured by four business divisions of the company: endoscopy, urology/women’s health, neurovascular, and neuromodulation. This included management and supervision of an 82-member global team, and responsibility for an annual budget of approximately $40 million.

Dr. Schnitzer was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and attended public schools in Springfield and Longmeadow, Massachusetts, graduating from Longmeadow High School as class valedictorian and an Eagle Scout. In 1973, he graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts with a B.S. in chemical engineering (high distinction). In 1983, he received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.D. (cum laude) from the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schnitzer is also a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College.

Dr. Schnitzer completed his residency training program in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston (1983-1988), one year performing trauma surgery in the Gaza Strip (1988-1989), and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital, Boston (1989-1991). After a year on staff at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, Dr. Schnitzer returned to Boston to an appointment on staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as an attending pediatric surgeon, with a joint appointment at the Shriners Burns Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. His research focus included: 1) studying the developmental molecular biology of abnormal lung growth and maturation in a mechanistic search for novel prenatal therapeutics for congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) as an NIH-funded investigator, and 2) exploring the interface between healthcare simulation and medical disaster preparedness and mass casualty response—a logical combination of his engineering background coupled with field experience in international and disaster medicine. At the MGH, he was the site miner for the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT). Dr. Schnitzer led the CIMIT Clinical Systems Innovation (CSI) program, co-chaired the MGH Council on Technology Adoption and Innovative Process Promotion (CTAIPP), and chaired an MGH taskforce to develop a new comprehensive hospital based simulation-library learning center.

Dr. Schnitzer was the surgical team leader for the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) International Medical Surgical Response Team (east) (IMSuRT-E). His deployments included New York City on September 11, 2001, and Bam, Iran following the earthquake in December, 2003. Dr. Schnitzer remained at the MGH for 15 years having attained the rank of visiting surgeon and associate professor of surgery. He was the principle investigator on multiple peer reviewed research grants (NIH and others), and authored and co-authored numerous publications.

Dr. Schnitzer’s postdoctoral training includes:

  • 1990-1991: Chief Resident, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1989-1990: Fellow, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1984-1988: Resident in Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1983-1984: Intern in Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Schnitzer’s licensure and certifications include:

  • 2008: Instructor, Advanced Trauma Operative Management
  • 2007: Recertification in Pediatric Surgery (Certificate Number 694), American Board of Surgery
  • 2005: Instructor, Advanced Burn Life Support
  • 2004: Recertification, Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • 2003: Provider, Advanced Burn Life Support
  • 1998: Recertification in General Surgery (Certificate Number 35563), American Board of Surgery
  • 1996: Special Qualifications in Pediatric Surgery (Certificate Number 694 ), American Board of Surgery
  • 1990: Certification in Surgery (Certificate Number 35563), American Board of Surgery
  • 1988: License Registration No. 59597, State of Massachusetts
  • 1985: Provider and Instructor, Advanced Trauma Life Support
  •  1985: Diplomate (No. 283416), National Board of Medical Examiners

Dr. Schnitzer’s academic appointments include:

  • 1998-2008: Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1995-1998: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1992-1994: Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1991-1992: Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, D.C.
  • 1989-1991: Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1983-1988: Clinical Fellow in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Schnitzer’s professional memberships with professional societies include:

  • 2003 to present: Member, American Surgical Association
  • 2000-2011: Pediatric Surgeon and Supervising Medical Officer, International Medical Surgical Response Team, National Disaster Medical System
  • 2000 to present: Member, New England Surgical Society
  • 2000 to present: Overseas Member, British Association of Pediatric Surgeons
  • 2000 to present: Member, American Physiological Society
  • 2000 to present: Member, American Burn Association
  • 1998 to present: Member, Northeast Medical Association
  • 1997 to present: Boston Surgical Society
  • 1997 to present: Surgical Biology Club I
  • 1997 to present: American Pediatric Surgical Association
  • 1997 to present: Specialty Fellow, Section on Surgery, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • 1996 to present: Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • 1991 to present: Member, Association for Academic Surgery
  • 1991 to present: Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1991-1996: Associate Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • 1989: Fellow, Pediatric Surgery, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1987 to present: Member, Massachusetts Medical Society
  • 1985-1991: Candidate, American College of Surgeons
  • 1972 to present: Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Dr. Schnitzer’s publications and patents include:

  • 62 Original Abstracts and 32 Abstracts
  • 29 Reviews, Chapters, and Editorials
  • U.S. Patent: Schnitzer JJ, Thompson JE, Wilson JW. Microprocessor-controlled ventilation system and methods. US Patent No 5,692,497. Issued December 2, 1997.

Dr. Schnitzer’s fellowships, honours and awards include:

  • 2015: Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College
  • 2012: Award for Outstanding Achievement, Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • 2004: FEMA Under Secretary’s Award, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • 1997: Specialty Fellow, Section on Surgery, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • 1996: Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • 1991: Sidney Farber Award, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1990: Von L. Meyer Award, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1989-1991: Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1983-1988: Clinical Fellow in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1983: M.D. Cum laude, Harvard Medical School
  • 1974-1976: Whitaker Health Sciences Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1973-1974: Dubbs Chair Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1972: Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon
  • 1969: Valedictorian, Longmeadow High School
  • 1969: Finalist, National Merit Scholarship
  • 1968: Eagle Scout and Scouter’s Training Award

As Co-President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of New Westminster College, Professor Dr. Jay Jeffrey Schnitzer is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

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