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Atom Sarkar

Atom Sarkar, MD, PhD


Department: Neurosurgery


  • MD - Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami (1998)
  • PhD in Biophysics, with honors, University of Miami
  • BS in Biology - Brown University

Awards & Honors

  • Lawrence Mervis, MD, Teacher of the Year Award, The Ohio State University
  • Scholarly Achievement Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement, Department of Neurological Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • Young Investigator Travel Scholarship, Academy of Molecular Imaging, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of South Asian Neurosurgeons
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • Founding Member, American Academy of Nanomedicine
  • Executive Representative, Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Neuro-Oncology division.
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Biophysical Society
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • AANS/CNS Section on Tumors

Clinical Background

Atom Sarkar, MD, PhD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon with Global Neurosciences Institute. He is director of stereotactic, functional and epilepsy surgery, and director of the Philadelphia Voice Tremor Center.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Columbia University (2004)


  • Neurosurgery - Mayo Clinic (2005)
Atom Sarkar, MD, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.


Recent Publications

"Case Series Review of Neuroradiologic Changes Associated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy"
Na Tosha N Gatson, MD, PhD, FAAN, Mina Makary, MD, FACP, FHM, Shane P Bross, BS, MBS, Joseph Vadakara, MD, Tristan Maiers, PharmD, BCOP, Gino J Mongelluzzo, MD, Erika N Leese, PA-C, Cameron Brimley, MD, Ekokobe Fonkem, DO, Anand Mahadevan, MD, Atom Sarkar, MD, PhD, Rajiv Panikkar, MD
Neuro-Oncology Practice,, November 29, 2020

"Voice Tremor Center: An Interdisciplinary Approach to a Challenging Problem"
R Sataloff and A Sarkar
Journal of Voice. 2020 Jul 30;S0892-1997(20)30204-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2020.06.016.

"Regulation of human glioma cell migration, tumor growth and stemness gene expression using a Lck targeted inhibitor"
J Zepecki, K Snyder, M Martinez-Moreno, JE Fajardo, A Fiser, J Ness-Myers, A Sarkar, S Toms and N Tapinos
Oncogene 2018 DOI: 10.1038/s41388-018-0546-z

"Genetic susceptibility to cerebrovascular disease: A systematic review"
CJ Griessenauer, SFarrell, A Sarkar, R Zand, V Abedi, N Holland, A Michael, CL Cummings, R Metpally, DJ Carey, O Goren, N Martin, P Hendrix and CM Schirmer
Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism. 2018 Nov;38(11):1853-1871. doi: 10.1177/0271678X18797958. Epub 2018 Sep 5.

"Long-term follow-up of a randomized AAV2-GAD gene therapy trial for Parkinson’s disease"
M Niethammer, CC Tang, PA LeWitt, AR Rezai, MA Leehey, SG Ojemann, AW Flaherty, EN Eskandar, SK Kostyk, A Sarkar, MS Siddiqui, SB Tatter, JM Schwalb, KL Poston, JM Henderson, RM Kurlan, IH Richard, CV Sapan, D Eidelberg, MJ During, MG Kaplitt, and A Feigin
JCI Insight. 2017;2(7).