Professor Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD, PhD, FACS

Nelson Oyesiku

Dr. Oyesiku was born in Nigeria where he graduated from St. Gregory’s College and received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan. He then attended the University of London, UK as a Commonwealth Scholar where he obtained a Masters of Science degree. He obtained his neurosurgical training at Emory University. During his residency he also completed a PhD degree in neuroscience at Emory University, studying the role of neurotrophic factors in neuronal survival and regeneration.

Dr. Oyesiku was appointed to the neurosurgical faculty at Emory upon completion of his training. He is currently Professor of Neurological Surgery and Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at Emory University. He occupies the Al Lerner Chair in Neurosurgery and is Vice-Chairman of the department and Director of the Neurosurgical Residency Program.

Dr. Oyesiku’s clinical and research focus is the surgical treatment and molecular biology of pituitary tumors. He partners with Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD and a team of endocrinologists who collaborate in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with pituitary tumors at Emory’s Pituitary Neuroendocrine Center. Dr. Oyesiku is also Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Neurosurgery and Biotechnology, which has identified unique aspects of pituitary adenoma gene expression and has developed a new modality for imaging and targeted therapy of pituitary tumors. Dr. Oyesiku received an NIH CIDA Award and Medical Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a recipient of an NIH RO1 award for the molecular imaging and targeting of pituitary tumors, and is PI of the R25 NIH training grant for Neurosurgery.

In 2009, Dr. Oyesiku was named Editor-in-Chief of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). He is also an ad hoc reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Oyesiku has served Emory University, the Emory Clinic and Emory Hospital on various committees, and has also served on several state and regional committees. He has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Doctors in America, was selected by the Consumer Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Surgeons, and is named in Marquis Who’s Who in America. Dr. Oyesiku has been visiting professor at several departments of neurosurgery throughout the United States and abroad. He has authored several manuscripts, book chapters and a book in the field of neurosurgery.