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Investigator: Dr. Ziya Gokaslan

Donlin M. Long Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Orthopedics and Oncology
Director, Division of Spine Neurosurgery

Dr. Ziya Gokaslan received his medical degree from the University of Istanbul in Turkey. He completed an internship in general surgery, a fellowship in neurotraumatology and a residency in neurological surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine. He went on to complete a fellowship in clinical spinal surgery in the Department of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery at the New York University Medical Center.

Now a Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Spine Center at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gokaslan focuses on the surgical treatment of spinal tumors and complex spinal reconstructions. He has developed novel surgical methods to treat some of the most difficult types of spinal cancers.

Dr Gokaslan’s research currently involves the use of animal models to develop local chemotherapeutic delivery systems for primary and metastatic spinal tumors. In addition, Dr Gokaslan oversees clinical trials assessing the efficacy of surgery and spinal reconstruction for primary and metastatic spinal column tumors.


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