Dr. Sawaya has been a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center since the department was established in 1990. He is also the Director of the Brain Tumor Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center and held the position of Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine from 2005 to 2014. Dr. Sawaya has received various awards, including the Joseph P. Evans Award in Neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati, and the Charles Wilson Award from the National Brain Tumor Society. Dr. Sawaya is a member of the editorial board of numerous medical journals and is frequently requested as a national and international lecturer. He has published more than 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, has authored over 45 book chapters, and written and edited 11 books. Dr. Sawaya is a noted leader in the field of neurosurgery with particular expertise in primary and metastatic brain tumors. He is also renowned for his great strides in enhancing the accessibility and safety of brain tumor surgery. Dr. Sawaya received his medical degree from the University of St. Joseph, in Beirut.