P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Corinna Zygourakis, 2006

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine

Corinna Zygourakis is the child of immigrants from Greece

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

Corinna was born in Houston, TX, to parents who emigrated from Greece.

Corinna completed a MD at Harvard University as part of the Harvard and MIT HST Program. A graduate of the California Institute of Technology, she holds degrees in biology and literature.

Pursuing independent neuroscience-related research since age 16, Corinna has published two scientific papers, given presentations at several national conferences, and received the Neuroscience Research Prize of the American Academy of Neurology. At California Institute of Technology, she served in elected positions of the student government and volunteered in the neurosurgery department of a nearby hospital.

Corinna also plays the violin in chamber music ensembles and is a long-distance runner. Corinna plans to pursue a career in academic medicine that combines clinical care, research, and teaching in neurology or neurosurgery.

  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2011
  • BS Biology | California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 2006
Work History
  • Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor | December 2018 - PRESENT
  • Spine Fellowship, Johns Hopkins | January 2017 - January 2018
  • UCSF, Chief neurosurgery resident
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