Jay Schnitzer
Senior Fellow; Director, Biomedical Sciences, The MITRE Corporation


Dr. Jay Schnitzer is director of biomedical sciences at MITRE. He provides general strategic leadership to the many complex and analysis and critical thinking requirements that encompass the business, policy, technology, and operational needs across the Department of HHS.

Before joining MITRE, Schnitzer was the director of the Defense Sciences Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He led a team of 20 program managers and 70 support staff and oversaw an annual research budget of $460 million. Previously, Schnitzer was at Boston Scientific Corporation as chief medical officer and senior vice president, responsible for medical and clinical oversight of the entire lifecycle for all medical devices manufactured by four business divisions. This included managing an 82-member global team and an annual budget of approximately $40 million.

He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering (high distinction) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Medical School. Schnitzer completed his residency training in general surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and then spent a year performing trauma surgery in the Gaza Strip, followed by a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Hospital, Boston.

After a year on staff at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Schnitzer joined 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 studying the developmental molecular biology of abnormal lung growth and maturation in a mechanistic search for novel prenatal therapeutics for congenital diaphragmatic hernia as an NIH-funded investigator. He also explored the interface of health-care simulation with medical disaster preparedness and mass casualty response - a logical combination of his engineering background coupled with field experience in international and disaster medicine.

As surgical team leader for a National Disaster Medical System International Medical Surgical Response Team, Schnitzer was deployed to New York City on September 11, 2001, and Bam, Iran, after the 2003 earthquake. Schnitzer remained at MGH for 15 years, attaining the rank of visiting surgeon and associate professor of surgery. The principal investigator on multiple peer-reviewed research grants (NIH and others), he is the author and co-author of numerous publications.

His memberships include the American Surgical Association, Association for Academic Surgery, American Pediatric Surgical Association, Surgical Biology Club I, Boston Surgical Society, American Burn Association, New England Surgical Society and the British Association of Pediatric Surgeons.