Daryl Pinion Fields II, MD, PhD, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery in July of 2018. He completed his undergraduate degree at Saint John’s University (Collegeville, Minn.), and his medical degree, as well as research doctorate, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Fields held several leadership positions as a firefighter captain and medic. In addition, he spent several years as a neural rehab personal trainer managing clients with debilitating neuromuscular disorders, including stroke, brain trauma, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries. This work led him to discover his leadership abilities, manual adeptness, and human interaction skills, thus spurring interest in using these aptitudes to serve society through a career in medicine.
Further medical training and development of a scientific skill set through a PhD has refined his passion towards caring for patients afflicted with debilitating neural motor deficits. He has personally designed and led projects involving the full spectrum of medical science research including disease modeling to development of novel drug therapies. This has resulted in several national research awards, numerous publications and a drug therapy patent for treating breathing disorders.
These personal experiences, along with a track record of scientific innovation, have made him uniquely positioned for his current career of personally treating and actively investigating novel treatment strategies for incurable neural disorders.
In his free time Dr. Fields enjoys working out, cooking, and catching up with friends.
Specialized Areas of Interest
Professional Organization Membership
Education & Training
- BA, Biochemistry, Saint John's University (Collegeville, Minn.), 2010
- MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2017
- PhD, Molecular Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2018
Honors & Awards
- Charlie Kuntz Spine Scholar Award, 2021
- Chuck Noll Foundation Research Award, 2021
- Physician Champion for Nurses, UPMC Presbyterian, 2020
- Physician Champion for Nurses, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, 2020
- Walter Copeland Spine Research Award, 2019
- Runnerup Presentation Award, Stuart Rowe Society Lectureship Day, 2018
- NIH MD/PhD F30 Fellowship, 2015-18
- Top Ambulatory Medicine Project, University of Wisconsin, 2017
- UNCF/Merck Graduate Fellowship, 2015-17
- Bennett Hiner Top Neuroscience Medical Student Award, 2016
- Top Neuroscience Presentation Award, University of Wisconsin, 2016
- Top Biomedical Science Presentation Award, University of Wisconsin, 2016
- Caroline Tum Suden Abstract Award, 2016
- Society for Neuroscience Abstract Award, 2015
- Daryl and Sharon Buss Abstract Award, University of Wisconsin, 2015
- Neuromuscular Graduate Fellowship, University of Florida, 2015
- Science/Medicine Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, 2014