Edjah K. Nduom, MD, FAANS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Nduom obtained his B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2002 and subsequently obtained his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. He then pursued Neurosurgical training in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University. During residency, he was awarded an NIH R25 Research Development Grant to study the delivery of nanoparticles to the brain for the treatment of brain tumors. He completed an in-folded Research Fellowship in Neurosurgical Oncology in the Surgical Neurology Branch in 2012. There, he focused on convection-enhanced delivery for drug delivery to the brain and the characterization of the blood-brain barrier of malignant brain lesions. Dr. Nduom completed his neurosurgical training in 2013 and then pursued an additional Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he was awarded the Jesse H. Jones Fellowship in Cancer Education. While at MD Anderson, Dr. Nduom spent a year in the laboratory of Amy Heimberger, M.D., studying microRNAs with immune modulatory properties for the treatment of brain tumors. In his second year, he obtained further training in the resection of brain and spinal tumors.
After completing his residency training, Edjah joined the faculty of the Surgical Neurology Branch of the NINDS Intramural Research Program as a Staff Clinician in August 2015, and he became an Assistant Clinical investigator in 2019. He left the NIH to take a position as Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Emory in September of 2020. Dr. Nduom is a member of the Cancer Immunology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, and he serves as Member at Large on the Winship Executive Council. His research focuses on the modulation of the immune system for the treatment of malignant brain tumors. He has presented his translational and clinical work on immune therapy for brain tumors at numerous national and international meetings, and his work is supported by the National Institutes of Health and several private foundations.
A fellowship-trained and board-certified neurosurgical oncologist, Dr. Nduom's clinical specialty is the surgical management of brain and spinal cord tumors. He is particularly interested in the safe resection of malignant tumors located in eloquent areas of the brain, the brainstem and spinal cord.
Dr. Nduom has a long history of leadership in neurosurgery, including serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the Joint Tumor Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the CNS. He is also a member of the CNS, the AANS, the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the Society for Neuro-Oncology and the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer. Dr Nduom is a Founding Steering Committee member of the Society for Neuro-Oncology Sub Saharan Africa. Dr. Nduom serves as a founding Director-at-Large of the American Society of Black Neurosurgeons, Inc.
Dr. Nduom joined the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in 2021. He has served as Chair of the Social Media Committee, Chair of the Resident Committee, Vice Chair of the Online/Nexus Committee; and Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the CNS. He started his term as Member-At-Large on the Executive Committee in 2021, and he now has the honor of serving as Vice Scientific Programming Chair.
Dr. Nduom is married to Kelley Nduom, who serves as Senior Legal Counsel of Food Law and Litigation for The Coca Cola Company. They are proud parents to two brilliant children, Joseph, 10, who loves math and scoring goals on the soccer field, and Emily, 8, who loves art and practicing her handstands as a budding gymnast. As a family, they love travel, spending time outdoors, and watching movies together.