Joseph Massa Piepmeier, MD

Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery; Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Neurosurgery; Section Chief, Neuro-Oncology

Departments & Organizations

Neurosurgery: Neuro-Oncology

Cancer Center, Yale: Brain Tumor Program | Developmental Therapeutics

Gamma Knife Center, Yale-New Haven

Office of Student Research

Yale Medical Group


Dr. Joseph M. Piepmeier is the Nixdorff-German Chair in Neurosurgery. He serves as the Chief of the Section of Surgical Neuro-oncology and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurosurgery. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his M.D. from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency training in neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine and joined the neurosurgery faculty in 1982. He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. The primary focus of Dr. Piepmeier's clinical and laboratory work is neuro-oncology.

Education & Training

MD University of Tennessee (1975)
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellow Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery (1984)

Honors & Recognition

  • Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2016Connecticut Magazine (2016)

  • Connecticut Magazine Top Docs 2015Connecticut Magazine (2015)

  • Altman Memorial LectureU Penn (2008)

  • PresidentNeurosurgical Society of America (2007), (2008)

  • Bittner Award Lecture AANS (2007)

  • PresidentConnecticut Neurosurgical Society (2005)

  • Honorary Master of Arts Yale University

  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Professional Service

  • Emerging Technology Committee AANS (2009)

  • Medical Advisory Board B*CURED Foundation (2008)

  • Smilow Cancer Hospital Campaign YNHH (2007 - 2010)

  • Scientific review committee Goldhirsch Foundation (2002 - 2005)

  • Senior appointments and promotions Committee YSM (2002 - 2005)

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Contact Info

Joseph Massa Piepmeier, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Brain Tumor ProgramSmilow Cancer Hospital at Yale - New Haven
35 Park Street, Ste 8th Floor Multispecialty Care Center

New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
NeurosurgeryPO Box 208082
New Haven, CT 06520-8082

Curriculum Vitae