Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD, PhD, FACS

    Daniel Louis Barrow Chair

    Emory University Department of Neurosurgery


    Emory University Department of Neurosurgery


    Emory University Department of Medicine, Endocrinology

    Residency Program Director

    Emory University Department of Neurosurgery


    Emory Pituitary Center




    • BS, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1979
    • Intern, General Hospital Lagos, 1980
    • MS, University of London, 1982
    • Neurological Surgery Fellowship, Lankenau Hospital, 1985
    • Neurological Surgery Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 1986
    • PGY-1 Resident in Surgery , University of Connecticut, 1987
    • PGY-2-7 Neurosurgical Resident , Emory University, 1993
    • PhD, Emory University, 1996
    • Stereotactic Radiosurgery Visiting Fellow , University of Florida, 1998



    • Gentle Giant, 2014         
    • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2011
    • Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2002-05
    • America’s Top Surgeons, 2002-04
    • Best Doctor’s in America, 2001-08
    • Young Investigator Award of Brain Trauma Foundation.  Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care, AANS/CNS, 1994
    • Augustus McCravey Resident Award of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, 1992          
    • Resident Award of the Southern Neurosurgical Society, 1992
    • Resident Award American Academy of Neurological Surgery (Honorable Mention), 1991
    • American College of Surgeons Resident Scholarship, 1991
    • Young Investigator Travel Fellowship 1st International Stroke Congress, 1989
    • University of London Commonwealth Scholar, 1981
    • Curwen Nedd Prize for Academic Excellence, 1971-74 

    Clinical Focus

    • Premier tertiary neurosurgical care for patients with pituitary tumors

    Society Memberships

    • MENSA
    • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
    • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    • Georgia Neurosurgical Society
    • International Society of Pituitary Surgeons
    • Pituitary Society
    • World Association of Medical Editors
    • Council of Science Editors
    • Georgia State Medical Association
    • Atlanta Medical Association
    • American College of Surgeons
    • Medical Association of Atlanta
    • Southern Medical Association
    • National Medical Association
    • Society for Neuroscience
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Society for Neurotrauma
    • American Medical Association
    • Medical Association of Georgia
    • Southern Neurosurgical Society
    • Society of Neurological Surgeons
    • American Academy of Neurological Surgery


    Pituitary Tumors: Surgical treatment & molecular mechanisms underlying pituitary tumorigenesis. Molecular Imaging and Chemotherapeutic Targeting of Pituitary Adenomas


    • Chu J, Oyesiku NM:  3-Dimensional Endoscopic Transsphenoidal Pituitary Surgery: Rathke’s Cleft Cyst: Operative 3-Dimensional Video. Operative Neurosurgery September 2014 - Volume 10 - Issue – p 491
    • Shoja MM, Oyesiku NM, Griessenauer CJ, Radcliff V, Loukas M, Chern JJ, Benninger B, Rozzelle CJ, Shokouhi G, Tubbs RS: Anastomoses between lower cranial and upper cervical nerves: a comprehensive review with potential significance during skull base and neck operations, part I: trigeminal, facial, and vestibulocochlear nerves. Clin Anat. 2014 Jan;27(1):118-30. doi: 10.1002/ca.22340. Epub 2013 Nov 22.
    • McLaughlin N, Laws ER, Oyesiku N.M., Katznelson L, Kelly DF. In reply. Neurosurgery. 2013 Sep;73(3):E557-8. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000020.
    • Shoja MM, Oyesiku N.M. Clinical anatomy of the cranial nerves. Clin Anat. 2014 Jan; 27(1):2-3. doi: 10.1002/ca.22365.
    • Shoja MM, Oyesiku NM, Shokouhi G, Griessenauer CJ, Chern JJ, Rizk EB, Loukas M, Miller JH, Tubbs RS: A comprehensive review with potential significance during skull base and neck operations, Part II: glossopharyngeal, vagus, accessory, and hypoglossal nerves and cervical spinal nerves 1-4. Clin Anat. 2014 Jan;27(1):131-44. doi: 10.1002/ca.22342. Epub 2013 Nov 22.
    • McLaughlin N, Laws ER, Oyesiku N.M., Katznelson L, Kelly DF. In reply.  Neurosurgery. 2014 Jan;74(1):E1434. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000160.
    • Prabhu R, Press RH, Appin CL, Brat DJ, Hui-Kuo GS, Hadjipanayis C, Olson JJ, Oyesiku NM, Curran WJ, Crocker IR:  Outcomes and Patterns of Failure for Grade II Meningioma Treated With Reduced Margin Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy  International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 2014 Apr 1;88(5):1004-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2013.12.037.
    • Oyesiku NM:  Editorial: The impact of PhD training: J Neurosurg 120:727–729, 2014
    • Oyesiku NM:  Neurosurgery® launches High Impact Manuscript Services (HIMS) program. Neurosurgery. 2013 Nov;73(5):743-5. doi: 10.1227/NEU.0000000000000166.
    • Oyesiku NM:  The Registrar: Formalizing Operative Neurosurgery: A New Beginning. Neurosurgery 73:1, July, 2013.

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