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Neurosurgical oncologist joins Geisinger Medical Center

CONTACT: Michael Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410
August 2, 2013

DANVILLE, Pa. – Nicholas Marko, M.D., has joined Geisinger as the director of neurosurgical oncology at Geisinger Medical Center, director of Geisinger’s Center for Translational Neuroscience and co-director of Geisinger’s high performance computing programs.

In his position, Dr. Marko will provide surgical treatment for patients with brain tumors while simultaneously leading an initiative to develop computational strategies for developing brain tumor therapies based on patient-specific factors, including family history, lab results, radiology studies, tumor characteristics, and molecular markers..

“What makes Dr. Marko such an invaluable addition the neurosurgery team at Geisinger is his unique set of skills that couples evidence-based, modern treatment of brain tumors with a background in research that will help him develop specially designed treatment plans for each, individual patient,” said Steven Toms, M.D., director, neurosurgery, Geisinger Health System. “We are completely confident that the innovative, individualized treatments Dr. Marko will provide will rival that of any medical center in the country.”
Dr. Marko earned his medical degree in 2005 from the George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington D.C. He completed a neurosurgical residency in 2010 at the Cleveland Clinic, where he was named chief resident. Dr. Marko then completed an applied mathematics and computational cancer research fellowship in 2012 at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, with the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and the Cambridge University Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. He then completed a second fellowship in clinical neurosurgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston.

Dr. Marko is  the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Stryker Neuro-Oncology Award, the AANS Bryon Cone Pevehouse Award, the AANS Tumor Section’s Young Investigator Award, the Cleveland Healthcare Heroes Award, and the prestigious AANS William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship.

Dr. Marko has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters and has given numerous lectures. He currently serves on the Information and Technology Committee and Web Editorial Board for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Marko is a member of the AANS, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Society for Neuro-Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Medical Informatics Association.

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