Nelson M. Oyesiku Fund


Fund Purpose: To fund neurosurgical educational programs in underserved nations of the world.

Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS, is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Medicine (Endocrinology) at Emory University. He is the Al Lerner Chair in Neurosurgery, Vice-Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Neurosurgical Residency Program. Dr Oyesiku is co-director of the Emory Pituitary Center and has one of the most active neurosurgical practices in the country devoted to pituitary surgery.


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, and was a recipient of an NIH R01 award and PI of the R25 NIH training grant for Neurosurgery. Dr Oyesiku’s laboratory is focused on the molecular pathogenesis of pituitary adenomas.

Dr Oyesiku has served Emory University on various committees and on several 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 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 and served on the Executive Committee of the CNS. 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 chair of the Neuroendocrine Committee of the WFNS and is President of the International Society of Pituitary Surgeons. He was Scientific Program Co-Chair for the WFNS 2009 meeting. He is AANS Delegate to the WFNS and serves on the Executive Committee. He is President-Elect of the World Federation of Neurological Surgeons. He is on the board of directors of the FIENS. Dr Oyesiku has served on several NIH Study Sections.

Dr Oyesiku is Editor-in-Chief of NEUROSURGERY, and he is a reviewer for several journals. He is the author of over 150 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 recently awarded the “Gentle Giant Award” for his services to Pituitary Surgery and Medicine. He has been visiting professor at several departments of neurosurgery in the United States and abroad.

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