Dr. 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 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