Speaker's BiographyJay Schnitzer
Director, Defense Sciences Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Jay Schnitzer is the director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). His research focus includes the interface between health-care simulation and medical disaster preparedness - a logical combination of his engineering background and medicine field experience in disasters. As surgical team leader for one of the National Disaster Medical System's surgical response teams, Schnitzer was deployed to New York City on 9/11 and Bam, Iran, after the 2003 earthquake. Previously, Schnitzer was chief medical officer and senior vice president at Boston Scientific Corp. He completed his residency training program in general surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, spending one year performing trauma surgery in the Gaza Strip. He also performed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Hospital, Boston. Schnitzer received a B.S. in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.