Nelson Oyesiku, Nelson Mobolanle Oyesiku, Nelson M. Oyesiku, Nelson Mobolanle Oyesiku Biography and Profile, Nelson Oyesiku Biography and Profile

Dr. Nelson Oyesiku (Nelson Mobolanle 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, Atlanta. During his residency he also completed a PhD degree in the neuroscience graduate program at Emory 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 Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Neurosurgery & Biotechnology. His clinical and research focus is the surgical treatment and molecular biology of pituitary tumors.

He has received an NIH CIDA Award and Medical Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a recent recipient of an NIH RO1 award for the molecular imaging and targeting of pituitary tumors. He has authored several manuscripts, book chapters and a book in the field of neurosurgery and basic science. Dr Oyesiku’s laboratory has identified unique aspects of pituitary adenoma gene expression and is developing a new modality for imaging and targeted therapy of pituitary tumors.

Dr Oyesiku has served Emory University, Emory Clinic and the Emory Hospital on various committees and he has also served on several state and regional committees. Dr. Oyesiku has been Vice-President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and serves on the Executive Committee of the CNS, and the Executive Committee of the Joint Section of Neurotrauma/Critical Care.

As President-Elect he served as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the CNS. He was co-Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the CNS 2002 Annual Meeting and he was Scientific Program Chairman for the CNS 2003 meeting. He was Annual Meeting Chairman of the CNS 2004 meeting. He has been Chair of the CNS International Committee and served on the CNS Publications Committee. He is on the Editorial Board of the official journal of the CNS. He is ad hoc reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is on the board of directors, Federation for International Education in Neurosurgery.

He is a CNS Delegate to the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. He is chair of the Neuroendocrine Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies. He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society and is President-Elect of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society. 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 a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He is named in Marquis Who’s Who in America. He has been visiting professor at several departments of neurosurgery.

Nelson Mobolanle Oyesiku Biography and Profile

Dr. Nelson M. Oyesiku MD, PhD, FACS, was born in Nigeria. His key interests are in Neurosurgery, Acoustic Neuroma, Brain Injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cerebral Edema, Chiari Malformations, Cranial Nerve Disorder, Cushing’s Disease, Microsurgery, Microvascular Surgery, Stereotactic Surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Dr. Oyesiku is a world-renowned neurosurgeon, researcher, educator and leader. He is Professor of Neurological Surgery and Medicine (Endocrinology) at Emory University. He is the Al Lerner Chair in Neurosurgery and is 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. He received an NIH K08 Award and Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a recipient of an NIH R01 award and is PI of the R25 NIH training grant for Neurosurgery.

Dr. Oyesiku has served on and chaired 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 is 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. He has served as President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society.

Dr. Oyesiku is Editor-in-Chief of NEUROSURGERY, and he is reviewer for several journals. He is author of over 150 scientific articles and book chapters.

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 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. He is a current member of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas.

Dr. Oyesiku’s clinical and research focus is the surgical treatment and molecular biology of pituitary tumors. Dr Oyesiku has performed more than 1.500 surgeries for pituitary tumors and is one of a few surgeons in the U.S. and worldwide (and the first in Georgia) utilizing advanced 3-D endoscopic surgery for resection of pituitary tumors. This technology provides the surgeon with improved spatial resolution making surgery safer.

Dr. Oyesiku has authored manuscripts, book chapters, and a book in the field of neurosurgery. He has over 150 publications in various academic journals, is an ad hoc reviewer for several, and was named Editor-in-Chief of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, in 2009.

Dr. Oyesiku partners with Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, and a team of clinicians who collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with pituitary tumors at Emory’s Pituitary /Neuroendocrine Center. The Emory Pituitary/NeuroendocrineCenter has a nationwide and worldwide referral base and provides patients with comprehensive and personalized medical and surgical management of pituitary disorders. Specialists in Endocrinology, Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, Neurophthalmology, Radiation Oncology, and ENT collaborate to provide state-of-the-art as well as novel advances in care and translational research.

Dr. Oyesiku is also Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Neurosurgery and Biotechnology, which is dedicated to unraveling pituitary tumorigenesis The Laboratory’s Pituitary Tumor Bank and Database allows clinicians and researchers to provide patients with advanced molecular biological analysis of their tumors.

The laboratory was the first to identify unique aspects of pituitary adenoma gene expression and was the first to discover a key molecular marker for nonfunctional pituitary tumors that has enhanced the understanding of these tumors. Dr. Oyesiku and his team of researchers also developed a new modality for imaging pituitary tumors.

This molecular imaging diagnostic tool was pioneered and first utilized at Emory for patients with pituitary tumors. The molecular imaging allows doctors to identify a key tumor marker in patients with clinically non functional pituitary tumors noninvasively, thereby identifying potential patients for a new targeted chemotherapy. The research team is currently undertaking this potentially groundbreaking new drug therapy for nonfunctional tumors that could lead to the first drug therapy for clinically nonfunctional pituitary tumors. To date, there has been no medical therapy available for patients with clinically non functional tumors.

Research
Dr. Oyesiku and his team of researchers performed the first studies on high-throughput gene expression studies that identified unique aspects of pituitary adenoma gene expression and led to a new imaging modality and potential targeted therapy of pituitary tumors. This molecular imaging diagnostic tool was pioneered and first utilized at Emory for patients with pituitary tumors. The molecular imaging allows doctors to identify a key tumor marker in patients with clinically nonfunctional pituitary tumors, thereby identifying potential patients for a new, targeted chemotherapy and could lead to the first drug therapy for clinically nonfunctional pituitary tumors.

Dr. Oyesiku is currently investigating the pathogenesis of pituitary adenomas using genome-wide association studies and whole genome sequencing methods. His laboratory has one on the largest pituitary tumor banks linked to a clinical database to study natural history, treatment outcomes, and molecular correlations.

Pituitary Network Association Presents Dr. Nelson Oyesiku With Gentle Giant Award
On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Pituitary Network Association presented Dr. Nelson Oyesiku with the prestigious Gentle Giant Award. The PNA’s Gentle Giant Award is given to honor those that present an outstanding contribution and dedication to pituitary patient care and education. Dr. Oyesiku has made great strides in pituitary knowledge, diagnosis, and treatment. His remarkable research and dedication to optimum quality of life for pituitary patients is quite commendable. Following the Pituitary Patient Education Sessions there was a 1,776 Reception. The 1,776 represented the number of successful pituitary surgeries performed by Dr. Oyesiku. The 1,776 was the number when planning for the event began. After the award presentation Dr. Oyesiku told me that the number of successful surgeries is currently 1,971 and he expects to be celebrating 2,000 by November.

The award presentation began with a welcome introduction given by the night’s keynote speaker and Emcee, CNN News Anchor, Fredricka Whitfield. Ms. Whitfield’s tribute was followed by a heartwarming tribute from Dr. Dan Barrow, MBNA/Bowman Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Barrow and Dr. Oyesiku are not only colleagues, but clearly have a long-time friendship as well. Dr. Barrow spoke about Dr. Oyesiku’s accomplishments and milestones, as well as his dedication to patients.

HONORS & AWARDS:

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, ICOMMA, 2016
  • Gentle Giant, 2014
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (Faculty), 2011
  • Marquis Who’s who in America, 2005-2002
  • America’s Top Surgeons, 2002-2004
  • Best Doctor’s in America, 2001-2008
  • 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 (Alternate), 1991
  • Young Investigator Travel Fellowship 1st International Stroke
  • Congress, Oct. 15 -19, 1989, Kyoto, Japan
  • Commonwealth Scholar, University of London, 1981
  • Curwen Nedd Prize for Academic Excellence, 1974-1971

Publications
Dr. Oyesiku has authored manuscripts, book chapters, and a book in the field of neurosurgery. He has over 150 publications in various academic journals, is an ad hoc reviewer for several, and was named Editor-in-Chief of Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, in 2009.

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

Family
Nelson and Lola have been married for 22 years. Lola is an R.N. with specialty training in Obstetrical Nursing, and is a certified midwife. She works part-time for Grady Hospital, Atlanta. They have three children; Angela (21) is a junior at University of Georgia at Athens; Linda (17) and Nelson III (14) who both attend Pace Academy in Atlanta. Linda plays the piano and Nelson III plays the trumpet. Angela enjoys volleyball, and singing. Linda and Nelson III play soccer and basketball for their school teams. Lola enjoys gardening and cooking. Nelson enjoys golf, football, cricket, and reading. Lola, Nelson and the kids have enjoyed seeing a great deal of the world together and have made the quadrennial pilgrimage to the World Cup finals a regular feature of their travels.

Nelson Oyesiku Biography and Profile