- M.D., University of California at Davis School of Medicine 1990
- University of California, Irvine Medical Center
- Fellowship in pediatric neurology, Harvard Medical School
- Pediatric neurology, 1997
The focus of Dr. Back's research is in cerebral palsy in relation to etiology and cellular/molecular basis of cerebral white matter injury in premature infants. He currently serves as the director of the Pediatric Brain Injury Research Laboratory at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. He received his board certification in neurology, with special certification in child neurology, in 1997.