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Alessandro Olivi, MD

Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Professor of Neurological Surgery

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  • Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Director of Neurosurgical Oncology
  • Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Professor of Oncology

Centers & Institutes

  • Cerebrovascular Center
  • Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center
  • Pituitary Center
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center


Acoustic Neuromas, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumors, Glioblastoma, Meningiomas, Metastatic Disease, Neurosurgery, Skull Base Tumors

Research Interests

Cancer Stem Cells; Immunotherapy for Brain Tumors; New Drug Delivery Systems


Dr. Alessandro Olivi focuses on the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic tumors of the brain and spinal cord. He performs microsurgery on skull-based tumors, such as acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, gliomas and vascular lesions. Additional clinical interests include cerebrovascular conditions and craniofacial reconstructions.


  • English
  • Italian


Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Society for Neuro-Oncology

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  • Education +


    • Faculty Of Medicine Univeristy Of Padova (Padova) (1979)


    • University of Cincinnati Hospital - GME / Neurosurgery (Cincinnati OH ) (1988)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (1991)
    • Faculty Of Medicine Univeristy Of Padova / Medicine (Padova) (1982)


    • Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery (1994)
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    Research Summary

    Dr. Alessandro Olivi is actively involved in designing and running clinical experimental protocols to develop and assess new treatments for patients with brain tumors. He is also leading multidisciplinary initiatives to coordinate the most suitable management of patients with newly diagnosed or recurrent brain tumors.

    Dr. Olivi is also involved in several research activities in the areas of immunotherapy for brain tumors, cancer stem cells and new drug delivery systems.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    Frazier JL, Han JE, Lim M, Olivi A. Immunotherapy combined with chemotherapy in the treatment of tumors. Neurosurg Clin N Am 21:187-194, 2010.

    Chaichana KL, Kosztowski T, Niranjan A, Olivi A, Weingart JD, Laterra J, Brem H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Prognostic significance of contrast-enhancing anaplastic astrocytomas in adults. J Neurosurg 113 (2) 286-292, 2010.

    Raza SM, Garzon-Muvdi T, Boaehen K, Olivi A, Gallia G, Lim M, Subramanian P, Quinones-Hinojosa A. The supraorbital craniotomy for access to the skull base and intraxial lesions: a technique in evolution. Minim Invasive Neurosurg 53:1-8, 2010.

    Siu IM, Tyler BM, Chen JX, Eberhart CG, Thomale UW, Olivi A, Jallo GI, Riggins GJ, Gallia GL. Establishment of a human glioblastoma stemlike brainstem rodent tumor model. J Neurosurg Pediatr 6(1):92-97 2010.
    112. Chaichana KL, McGirt MJ, Woodworth GF, Datoo G, Tamargo RJ, Weingart J, Olivi A, Brem H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Persistent outpatient hyperglycemia is independently associated with survival, recurrence and malignant degeneration following surgery for hemispheric low grade gliomas. Neuro Res 32(4):442-448, 2010.

    Pendleton C, Olivi A, Jallo GI, Quinones-Hinojosa, A. Unique challenges faced by pediatric neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing in 1909 at Johns Hopkins: A choroid plexus tumor of the lateral ventricle mimicking a cerebellar lesion. Childs Nervous System 27 (7), 1145-1148, 2011.

    Binder ZA, Johnson MW, Joshi A, Hann CL, Griffin CA, Olivi A, Riggins GJ, Gallia GL. Glioblastoma multiforme in the Muir-Torre syndrome. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 113(5), 411-415, 2011.

    Chaichana KL, Halthore AN, Parker SL, Olivi A, Weingart JD, Brem H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Factors involved in maintaining prolonged functional independence following supratentorial glioblastoma resection. J Neurosurg 114 (3):604-612, 2011.

    Chaichana KL, Chaichana K, Olivi A, Weingart JD, Bennett R, Brem H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Surgical outcomes for older patients with glioblastoma multiforme: Preoperative factors associated with decreased survival. J Neurosurgery 114 (3) 587-594, 2011.

    Latimer K, Pendleton C, Olivi A, Cohen-Gadol AA, Brem H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Haravey Cushings open and thorough documentation of surgical mishaps at the dawn of neurological surgery. Archives of Surgery 146 (2) 226-232, 2011.

    Grossman R, Mukherjee D, Chang DC, Bennett R, Brem, H, Olivi A, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Preoperative Charlson comorbidity score predicts postoperative outcomes among older intracranial meningioma patients. World Neurosurgsery 75 (2) 279-285, 2011.

    Chaichana KL, Garzon-Muvdi T, Parker S, Weingart JD, Olivi A, Bennett R, Brem H, Quinones-Hinojosa A. Supratentorial glioblastoma multiforme: The role of surgical resection versus biopsy among older patients. Annals of Surgical Oncology 18 (1) 239-245, 2011.
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    Meet our Experts: Dr. Alessandro Olivi

    Dr. Alessandro Olivi focuses on the neurosurgical treatment of brain and spine tumors such as skull base tumors, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, gliomas, vascular lesions.

    Convexity Meningioma: A Hollywood Stuntwoman's Story

    Hollywood stunt woman, Jill Brown, received an incidental diagnosis of a benign convexity meningioma brain tumor after a stunt went awry. Watch as she recounts what led her to travel across the country to have her surgery performed by neurosurgeon, Dr. Alessandro Olivi.

    Patient Story: Brain Tumor and Hydrocephalus, Adam's Story

    Kansas City, Missouri, resident Adam Bulakites, was diagnosed with a brain tumor that caused obstructive hydrocephalus. After researching online, he traveled to Baltimore to seek treatment from neurosurgeon, Dr. Alessandro Olivi at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Brain Tumor Center.

    Patient Story: Astrocytoma Brain Tumor, Marissa's Story

    Diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumor, Marisa was anxious and scared. Her anxiety gradually faded once she met the man who successfully removed her tumor, Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Alessandro Olivi.

    Watch to find out more about dual iCT at Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center was the first hospital in Maryland with a dual-room intraoperative CT scanner and image-guided surgery system for neurosurgery. Having imaging capabilities in two of our operating rooms has a positive effect on our patient outcomes by improving safety, decreasing infections and lowering the risks of complications. The intraoperative CT (iCT) and image-guided surgery system create unmatched surgical vision and precision, allowing surgeons to see things others cant see during complex brain, spine and trauma surgeries.

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