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Edjah Nduom awarded Daniel Louis Barrow Endowed Chair at Emory University School of Medicine
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Emory Healthcare neurosurgeon Edjah Nduom, MD, FAANS, has been awarded the Daniel Louis Barrow Endowed Chair. Nduom is an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Cancer Immunology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and serves as a member-at-large on the Winship Executive Committee.

A neurosurgeon-scientist, Nduom specializes in the surgical management of brain and spinal cord tumors, particularly in the safe resection of malignant tumors located in eloquent areas of the brain. His basic research laboratory works to discover novel treatments for brain tumors for which there are limited options. 

Nduom holds numerous positions in national and international medical societies. Notably, he was elected Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, where he also serves as vice-scientific program chair. He is co-founder and diasporan representative of the Society for Neuro-Oncology Sub-Saharan Africa and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Brain Tumor Society.

Nduom’s lab, The Emory Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Laboratory, attempts to harness the power of the immune system to fight brain tumors. His work is supported by The Musella Foundation, the American Brain Tumor Association, the GBM Foundation and the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Neurological Disoders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health. He has presented at numerous national and international meetings and has been an invited professor at neurosurgery departments across the country.

After earning his bachelor of science degree in biomechanical engineering from Stanford University, Nduom received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at Emory University during which he completed a research fellowship in neurosurgical oncology in the Surgical Neurology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Following his residency, he pursued an additional neurosurgical oncology fellowship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The endowed chair was created in 2020 and named in honor of Daniel L. Barrow, MD, the Pamela R. Rollins Chair and Professor of the Emory University Department of Neurosurgery and current chief of neurosurgery service at Emory Healthcare. The chair was established through the generousity of some of Barrow’s grateful patients, former and current trainees, colleagues and family.

"Edjah’s outstanding work and dedication to the field of neurosurgery have made him an invaluable asset to our department and the wider scientific community. This endowed chair is a well-deserved recognition of his achievements and will provide resources for the support of his research efforts to improve the lives of those affected by malignant brain tumors. I have no doubt that he will continue to make significant contributions to the field for years to come,” says Barrow. 

Through Barrow’s leadership as the chair of Emory Neurosurgery for more than 25 years, the department has seen significant growth, including the development of the first dedicated intensive care unit for neurosurgical patients in Georgia and the creation and development of the multidisciplinary Emory MBNA Stroke Center.

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