Costas G. Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD


Dr. Hadjipanayis is a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar and specializes in the treatment of tumors of the brain and spinal cord.

Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Brain Tumor Center
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Director, Brain Tumor Nanotechnology Laboratory
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Chief, Neurosurgery
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Brain and Spine Tumors
Research Program
Cancer Cell Biology


Costas G. Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD, is an expert of surgical neuro-oncology and develops novel therapeutics for brain tumors and minimally-invasive, neuro-endoscopic procedures to treat disorders in the brain. He began practicing with Emory Healthcare in 2007. His clinical interests include brain surgery, brain tumors, neuro-endoscopy (endonasal and intraventricular), microsurgery, spinal cord tumor removal, experimental therapeutics for malignant glioma, and cranial and spinal radiosurgery, including gamma knife radiosurgery.

Dr. Hadjipanayis is President of the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation and President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society. He is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS/CNS Section on Tumor, and the Society of Neuro-Oncology.


Dr. Hadjipanayis attended the University of Delaware where he graduated as part of the inaugural class of the Medical Scholar's Program. Dr. Hadjipanayis earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his internship and residency in neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, simultaneously obtaining his PhD in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry. He also completed a short surgical neuro-oncology fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.


Dr. Hadjipanayis has received multiple awards including the American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award, American Academy of Neurological Surgery Award, Atlanta Business Chronicle Health Care Hero Award, Brain Tumor Biotech Young Innovator Award, Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation Philip Jory Award, and a Robbins Scholar Award from the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.


Dr. Hadjipanayis' research involves fluorescence-guided surgery of brain cancer. He also studies the use of magnetic nanoparticles for the targeted imaging and therapy of brain cancer. He is the principal investigator of multiple clinical trials for human patients with brain cancer and closely collaborates with the Departments of Pathology, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Biomedical Engineering at Emory and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Hadjipanayis also collaborates with the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine where he is testing a therapeutic agent developed by his laboratory at Winship in clinical trials for canines with spontaneous brain tumors.


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