News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine

Jan. 26,  2011

Emory Neurosurgeon Named President of Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation

News Article ImageCostas G. Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine and chief of neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

ATLANTA – A leading Emory neurosurgeon is the new president of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation (SBTF).

Costas Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine and chief of the neurosurgery service at Emory University Hospital Midtown is the new president of the SBTF. He leads a team of dedicated professionals who are making a difference in the care and support of brain tumor patients, while searching for a cure.

“For 15 years, the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation has become a major entity supporting critical, cutting-edge brain tumor research,” says Hadjipanayis. “We have raised more than $1.2 million to fund leading researchers with grants at major medical centers in the Southeast, including Emory. I am honored to lead this group and advance its mission in the fight against brain tumors.”

Hadjipanayis has been on the faculty at Emory since 2007. As a neurosurgeon-scientist, he is focused on the treatment of patients with brain tumors. He divides his time between the laboratory and the operating room, where his expertise lies in brain, skull-base and spinal tumor removal. He is also known for his skill in removing brain tumors endoscopically, a minimally invasive approach.

In 2008, he was named a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scientist, receiving funding to research more effective methods of delivering treatment to malignant brain tumors.

Hadjipanayis has been on the SBTF Board of Directors for three years, previously serving as treasurer.

The organization’s annual Race for Research fundraiser will be held in Atlanta on July 23, 2011. The event raises $200,000-$300,000 annually, and is the primary source of funding for critical research grants that the foundation awards each year. Go to www.sbtf.org to learn more about the SBTF.

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