Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD, PhD, FACS, professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine, has been elected president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), one of the major international neurosurgical organizations comprised of more than 5,300 members. He will serve as president of the organization for one year. CNS's mission is to promote the public welfare through the advancement of neurosurgery by a commitment to excellence in education and by dedication to research and scientific knowledge.
"This is a very prestigious position to hold," says Dr. Oyesiku. "It is an honor to be considered among the rare ranks of previous presidents of the CNS."
Dr. Oyesiku has been active in the CNS for many years, holding numerous positions including: president-elect, vice-president, scientific program chair, annual meeting chair, international committee chair, as well as serving on the executive and fellowship committees.
Born in Nigeria, Dr. Oyesiku received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a Masters of Science degree from the University of London. He then completed an internship in general surgery at the University of Connecticut and a neurosurgical residency at Emory. While in residency training at Emory, Dr. Oyesiku earned a PhD in neuroscience.
In 1993, Dr. Oyesiku was appointed to the neurosurgical faculty. He is currently a professor of neurosurgery and serves as director of the Laboratory of Molecular Neurosurgery & Biotechnology. Dr. Oyesiku's clinical interests include pituitary and brain tumors, as well as stereotactic radiosurgery (precise delivery of a single high dose of radiation to treat tumors).
His research interests involve the molecular biology of pituitary tumors. In 2001, his laboratory identified unique aspects of pituitary tumor gene expression. Because he is a well-recognized expert in the surgical management of pituitary tumors, Dr. Oyesiku has recently been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study what makes the most common type of pituitary tumors grow and if there's a better method of diagnosing and treating these tumors.
Dr. Oyesiku is also active in the Georgia Neurosurgical Society. He currently serves as secretary-treasurer and is president-elect. In May 2005, he will become president of that society.
Dr. Oyesiku has been selected by his peers as one of The Best Doctors in America and was named by the Consumer Research Council of American as one of America's Top Surgeons. He has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles in major journals, 19 book chapters and a book in the field of neurosurgery, which serves as a training manual for neurosurgery residents. He has also been a visiting professor at several departments of neurosurgery in the U.S. and abroad.