Joseph Massa Piepmeier MD

Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery; Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Neurosurgery; Section Chief, Neuro-Oncology; Director, Surgical Neuro-Oncology; Clinical Research Program Leader, Brain Tumor Program, Yale Cancer Center

Departments & Organizations

Gamma Knife Center, Yale-New Haven

Cancer Center, Yale: Brain Tumor Center | Developmental Therapeutics

Neurosurgery: Neuro-Oncology


Dr. Joseph M. Piepmeier 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. Dr. Piepmeier is the acting chairman and holds the rank of Professor of Neurosurgery as well as the Nixdorff-German Chair in Neurosurgery. Dr. Piepmeier serves as the Chairman for the Joint Section Tumors for the AANS/CNS. In addition, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery and the Editor -in-Chief for the Journal of Neuro-oncology. Dr. Piepmeier is a recipient of the Allied Services Award and the Wakeman Award for work in clinical neurosurgery. The primary focus of Dr. Piepmeier's clinical and laboratory work is neuro-oncology. He serves as the Chief of the Section of Surgical Neuro-oncology.


  • M.D., University of Tennessee , 1975

Selected Publication

  • Sawyer A, Piepmeier J, Saltzman M: New Methods for Direct Delivery of Chemotherapy for Treating Brain Tumors. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine,

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Bittner Award Lecture AANS(2007)