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“Dr. Oyesiku is a world-renowned neurosurgeon and international expert in pituitary surgery who has served the Congress of Neurological Surgeons with incredible distinction over many decades, including as President of CNS.”

Dr. Nelson Oyesiku, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been selected to receive the Congress of Neurological Surgeons’ Distinguished Service Award. This award is the most prestigious award given by the CNS and is considered one of the highest honors in neurosurgery. Dr. Oyesiku will be presented with the award this month at the 2021 CNS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual for exceptional accomplishments and leadership within CNS and the field of neurosurgery. The recipient is selected by a committee comprising the three most recent CNS past presidents. Candidates are selected by the committee based on their service to CNS, enduring contributions to the organization’s educational mission, mentorship of early career neurosurgeons, among other criteria.

“Dr. Oyesiku is a world-renowned neurosurgeon and international expert in pituitary surgery who has served the Congress of Neurological Surgeons with incredible distinction over many decades, including as President of CNS,” said Dr. Steven N. Kalkanis, past President of CNS. “He continues to build on his remarkable legacy as a successful, innovative and pioneering Editor-in-Chief of our signature publication, Neurosurgery. Under his leadership, the journal has dramatically expanded in scope while increasing its reputation and impact. We are thrilled to honor Dr. Oyesiku with this well-deserved award.”

Dr. Nelson Oyesiku joined UNC Health as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery earlier this year. He was previously a Professor of Neurological Surgery and Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was also the inaugural Daniel Louis Barrow Chair in Neurosurgery and co-director of the Emory Pituitary Center, among other roles. Over the course of his career, Dr. Oyesiku developed one of the nation’s largest practices devoted to the care of patients with pituitary tumors and has performed over 3,000 pituitary tumor operations.

This summer, Dr. Oyesiku was also honored with the Society of University Neurosurgeons’ Distinguished Service Award. He also recently began his term as President-Elect of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. To read more about his education and training, and many accomplishments, visit Dr. Nelson Oyesiku’s faculty bio page.