Jeffrey J. Olson, MD



Dr. Olson is a renowned professor and brain surgeon whose expertise in the management of advanced intracranial tumors and in clinical research provides an important resource for patients interested in clinical trial participation for brain tumors at Winship.

Titles and Roles

Professor, Departments of Hematology, Medical Oncology, and Neurosurgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Clinically-related Neuro-oncology Laboratory
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Co-director, Brain Tumor Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Director, Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship, Department of Neurosurgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Brain and Spine Tumors
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


In 1990, Jeffrey J. Olson, MD, joined the faculty of Emory University's School of Medicine. He is chair of the Neuro-oncology Working Group overseeing the administration of clinical brain tumor research at Emory. Dr. Olson's clinical interests include tumors of the brain and spinal cord, meningiomas, acoustic neuroma, cerebrospinal fluid leakage, cranial nerve disorders, lesions of the skull base, and stereotactic radiosurgery.


Dr. Olson received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Iowa. He spent three years as a senior staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.


Dr. Olson's primary interest is in neuro-oncology.  His laboratory provides surgical expertise for brain tumor modeling in collaboration with investigators throughout Emory so as to maximize the clinical applicability of their research.  He serves as the principal investigator on multiple therapeutic and diagnostic brain tumor studies at Emory.  This includes determining the mechanisms by which brain tumors are affected by new drugs and facilitating advanced MRI imaging to measure such properties non-invasively. This specialized neurosurgical practice is highly enabled by carrying it out at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, where the advanced infrastructure is present to accomplish this safely and ethically.

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Dr. Olson is a member of the Emory Millipub Club which honors authors whose publications have been cited over a thousand times in scientific literature.

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Dr. Olson has been consistently listed in Atlanta Magazine's annual "Top Doctors" issue.

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