Cory Adamson, MD, PhD, MPH, MHCs, FAANS, FACS


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Chief of Neurosurgery
Atlanta VA Medical Center
Brain and Spine Tumors
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Cory Adamson, MD, PhD, MPH, MHSc, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University. Dr. Adamson serves as Chief of Neurosurgery at Atlanta VA Medical Center. He specializes in surgical neuro-oncology, radiosurgery and brain biopsies, experimental therapeutics for malignant glioma, lesions of the anterior and posterior skull base, pituitary tumors, cranial nerve disorder, microvascular decompression, neuro-endoscopy, and peripheral nerve disorders. He joined the Emory faculty in 2015.

Dr. Adamson is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr. Adamson earned medical and graduate degrees (MD and PhD '98) at Johns Hopkins University focused on the neurosciences with a thesis heavily involved with learning tools for studying and targeting the molecular biology of disorders of the brain. This was followed by a program (MPH '99) focused on learning the tools of biostatistics in human investigation. He then matriculated into a neurosurgical residency at Duke University where he also completed a neuro-oncology research fellowship. His early career at Duke was complemented with a graduate program (MHSc '07) focused on clinical trial design, implementation, and analysis.


Dr. Adamson's research covers basic science and clinical areas, all with a focus in neuro-oncology. His laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlaying migration of glioma cells in glioblastoma.


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Dr. Adamson has been listed in Atlanta Magazine's annual Top Doctor issue from 2017 through 2020.

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