N. Volkan Adsay, MD

Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Anatomic Pathology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Vice-Chair of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Gallbladder Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Research Program
Cancer Cell Biology


After 11 years as faculty at Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Center, he joined Emory University. Dr. Adsay is an internationally-recognized pathologist in the field of gastrointestinal and pancreatobiliary cancers. He was a member of the Pancreas Review Group of National Cancer Institute, and co-author in multiple chapters in the World Health Organization’s “classification of tumors” series. Among his contributions, he was instrumental in the characterization of various tumor types of the pancreas and biliary tract, and was also the member of an international group that put forth the definition and criteria for the early cancerous lesions of these organs. He serves as committee member in several national and international academic medical societies.


After graduating from Hacettepe University School of Medicine (Turkey), Dr. Adsay completed his Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology residency in New York and went on to complete a two-year fellowship in Oncologic Pathology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and the AACR (American Association of Cancer Research) Team Science Award, 2013. 


Dr. Adsay has two long term goals for his research: 1) to achieve more reliable criteria in the accurate diagnosis, classification and prognostication of tumors, and 2) to elucidate the mechanisms of cancer formation. Towards these purposes, he has focused on what is considered one of the most challenging organ groups in the body, the pancreatobiliary tract.


He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, authored several chapters in the most prestigious textbooks of Gastrointestinal Tract Surgery and Gastrointestinal Tract Oncology, mostly focusing on cancers of pancreas, gallbladder and ampulla. He has given over 100 lectures at national and international platforms. He sits on the editorial board of 7 medical journals.

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