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Chair, Department of Neurosurgery


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Pituitary Tumors

Dr. Oyesiku is Professor and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery and Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was previously Professor of Neurological Surgery and Medicine (Endocrinology) at Emory University, Atlanta, GA and the Inaugural Daniel Louis Barrow Chair in Neurosurgery, Vice-Chairman, Dept of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neurosurgical Residency Program.

Dr Oyesiku’s clinical expertise is pituitary medicine and surgery. Dr Oyesiku was co-director of the Emory Pituitary Center and has developed one of the largest practices entirely devoted to the care of patients with pituitary tumors in the country and has performed over 4,000 pituitary tumor operations.

Dr. Oyesiku obtained his MD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He obtained an MSc in Occupational Medicine from the University of London, UK and completed a PhD in Neuroscience at Emory University. He completed his Surgery Internship at the University of Connecticut-Hartford Hospital and obtained his neurosurgical training at Emory University, Atlanta.  He is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He received an NIH K08 Award and Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was a recipient of an NIH R01 award and PI of the NIH/NINDS R25 Research Education Program for Residents and Fellows in Neurosurgery. Dr Oyesiku has served on several NIH Study Sections. Dr Oyesiku’s research is focused on the molecular pathogenesis of pituitary adenomas, and tumor receptor imaging and targeting for therapy.

Dr Oyesiku has served on various state, regional, national and international committees for all the major neurosurgical organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He was on the ACGME-Residency Review Committee of Neurosurgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has served on its Board of Governors.  Dr. Oyesiku has been President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer and President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society, President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons, and Vice-President of the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons. He is President of the International Society of Pituitary Surgeons. He is President-Elect of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr Oyesiku served as Editor-in-Chief of NEUROSURGERY, OPERATIVE NEUROSURGERY and NEUROSURGERY OPEN, leading journals in neurosurgery, for 13 years. He is author of over 180 scientific articles and book chapters.

He has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Doctors in America and was selected by the Consumer Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Surgeons. He is named in Marquis Who’s Who in America. He is a member of the Honor Medical Society – Alpha Omega Alpha.  He was awarded the “Gentle Giant Award” by the Pituitary Network Association for his services to Pituitary Surgery and Medicine. He is on the Medical Advisory Board of the Cushing’s Support and Research Foundation. He has been visiting professor and invited faculty at several departments of neurosurgery in the United States and abroad.

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

PhD – Emory University School of Medicine, 1994
Residency – PGY 2-7 Neurosurgical Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 1987 – 1993
Residency – PGY-1 Resident in Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Connecticut-Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, 1986 – 1987
Fellowship – Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Connecticut-Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT 1985 – 1986
Fellowship – Neurological Surgery, Division of Neurological Surgery, Lankenau Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1984 – 1985
MS – University of London, School of Med-ENG, 1982
MBBS – Medical Education, University of Ibadan College of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, 1979

Neurological Surgery – Board Certified, 1998

For a complete list of recent publications, please visit Dr. Nelson Oyesiku’s PubMed listing.

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