Michael Egnor

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Michael Egnor is a pediatric neurosurgeon, intelligent design advocate and blogger at the Discovery Institute. He is a professor at the Department of Neurological Surgery at Stony Brook University, a position held since 1991.[1]


Egnor completed medical school at Columbia University.[2]

Intelligent design[edit]

Egnor rejected evolutionary theory after reading Michael Denton's book Evolution: A Theory in Crisis and said "claims of evolutionary biologists go wildly beyond the evidence."[3] In 2007 he joined the Discovery Institute's Evolution News & Views blog.[4]

Biologist Jerry Coyne responded to Egnor's article by saying that Egnor accepted widely discredited claims (claims recanted by Denton himself in a later book) and "Egnor is decades out of date and shows no sign of knowing anything at all about evolutionary biology in the 21st century."[5] Egnor later published a series of comprehensive articles on Discovery Institute responding to Coyne's remarks. Egnor is a signatory to the Discovery Institute intelligent design campaign A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism and Physicians and Surgeons who Dissent from Darwinism.

In March 2007, when the Alliance for Science sponsored an essay contest for high school students on the topic "Why I would want my doctor to have studied evolution," Egnor responded by posting an essay on the Discovery Institute's intelligent design blog claiming that evolution was irrelevant to medicine.[6] Burt Humburg criticized him on the blog Panda's Thumb citing the benefits of evolution to medicine and, contrary to Egnor's claim, that doctors do study evolution.[7]

Egnor appeared in Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. In the film, Ben Stein describes this as "Darwinists were quick to try and exterminate this new threat," and Egnor says he was shocked by the "viciousness" and "baseness" of the response. The website Expelled Exposed, created by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), responded by saying that Egnor must never have been on the Internet before.[8]

Medical work[edit]

In 2005 Egnor operated on a young boy whose head was crushed by his father's SUV. The case was reported in Newsday, Good Morning America and New York Magazine.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Egnor has four children and resides in Stony Brook, New York with his wife. Egnor is a Catholic.[11]


  1. ^ "Michael Egnor, MD". Stony Brook University. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  2. ^ "Michael Egnor, MD". Stony Brook University. 2019.
  3. ^ Egnor, Michael (2009-02-05). "A Neurosurgeon, Not A Darwinist". Forbes magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  4. ^ "Michael Egnor, M.D., joins the ENV Team". Evolutionnews.org from Discovery Institute. March 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  5. ^ Coyne, Jerry (2009-02-12). "Why Evolution Is True: Creationists don't deserve credence--especially from Forbes". Forbes magazine. Retrieved 2009-06-20.
  6. ^ "Why would I want my doctor to have studied evolution?". Evolutionnews.org from Discovery Institute. March 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  7. ^ Humburg, Burt. "Egnorance: The Egotistical Combination of Ignorance and Arrogance". panda'sthumb.org. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  8. ^ "Expelled Exposed > Michael Egnor". National Center for Science Education. 2008. Archived from the original on 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  9. ^ "Saving Bobby". Newsday.com. Feb 8, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  10. ^ "'One Lucky Unlucky Boy- Dr. Michael Egnor Removes the Skull of a Two-Year-Old". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
  11. ^ Egnor, Michael (2009-02-05). "A Neurosurgeon, Not A Darwinist". Forbes magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-23.

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