Georgia Brain & Spine

4355 Johns Creek Parkway
Suite 520
Suwanee, GA 30024

203 Oakside Lane, Suite C
Canton, GA 30114



Medical School
Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1997

Masters Program  (M.A.-Neuroscience)
Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1997

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1997-1998
(Mayfield Clinic)

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1998-2003
(Mayfield Clinic)

Cranial, Complex Spinal, and Skull Base Surgical Oncology
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2003-2004

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery:  Board Certified


Memorial Neuroscience Center, Jacksonville, FL:  Attending Neurosurgeon, 2006-2009
Memorial Cyberknife Radiosurgery Center, Jacksonville, FL: Neurosurgeon, 2006-2009
ANA, Atlanta, GA: Attending Neurosurgeon, 2004-2006

Hospital Affiliations

Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Johns Creek, GA
Northside Hospital-Forsyth, Cumming, GA
Northside Hospital-Cherokee Canton, GA

Professional Memberships

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
Georgia Neurosurgical Society
AANS/CNS Section on Tumors
Society for Neuro-Oncology

Honors and Awards

Washington University Distinguished  Student Scholarship 
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Student Research Fellowship 
AANS/CNS Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery Resident Research Fellowship
Dr. Helen Nash Achievement Award for Academic Excellence
Commendation for Outstanding Academic Performance in Neuroscience


Elias Dagnew, M.D.

Elias Dagnew, M.D., Neurosurgeon in Atlanta

Dr. Elias Dagnew, Neurosurgeon in Johns Creek, Georgia

 “My patients are the focus of my career. I truly consider it my honor, privilege, and great responsibility to take care of them. I take the time to become acquainted with my patients beyond just their medical concerns. Furthermore, I believe in educating my patients regarding their diagnosis, treatment options, and expected outcome, helping them to make the best informed decision regarding their care. It is my mission to deliver unmatched neurosurgery services, to do this with utmost compassion, and to pursue excellence in all that I do. I believe the true measure of success is the outcome of treatment, and my patients are the best judges of this.”

Clinical Interests
General Neurosurgery
Surgery for Degenerative Spine Disease
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery(MISS)
Kyphoplasty for Spine Fractures
Brain and Spine Tumors
Surgery of Eloquent Region Brain Tumors
Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (Cyberknife)

Contact Information 





Dr. Dagnew earned a Bachelor’s degree at Dallas Baptist University, graduating summa cum laude. He then attended Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis on a full scholarship, graduating with honors. During this time he also earned a Master’s of Art degree in Neuroscience as a three-year recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Student Fellowship. Dr. Dagnew went on to complete his internship and residency in neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati and the renowned Mayfield Clinic and Spine Institute, gaining extensive experience in all types of brain and spine surgery. Later, Dr. Dagnew completed a fellowship in cranial, skull base, and complex spinal surgical oncology at the top-ranked cancer hospital, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas.


Following training, Dr. Dagnew joined a neurosurgery practice in Atlanta. He treated hundreds of patients with diverse brain and spine diseases, quickly earning the respect of his patients and his peers for his clinical skills and his compassionate care. Dr. Dagnew then joined the Memorial Neuroscience and CyberKnife Center in Jacksonville, Florida. There he gained extensive experience in brain surgery, complex and minimally invasive spine surgery, brain and spine tumor surgery, Kyphoplasty, and CyberKnife radiosurgery, distinguishing himself with his remarkable knowledge, decision-making ability, surgical skill, compassionate care, and patient outcomes. In 2009, Dr. Dagnew returned to Atlanta and founded Georgia Brain & Spine Center, with the dedicated mission of providing unmatched skillful, comprehensive, and compassionate neurosurgical care to patients with spine and brain disease in the Atlanta metro area, throughout north Georgia, and beyond.

Dr. Dagnew is board certified in neurosurgery. He has expertise and vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of neurosurgery and spine surgery. His specific expertise in brain and spine tumor surgery sets him apart as one of only a few neurosurgeons in the Southeastern United States with fellowship training in surgical neuro-oncology. 

Dr. Dagnew has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has presented several research topics at scientific meetings regarding the spine, brain and spine tumors, vasospasm, and hydrocephalus.

Dr. Dagnew is a member of numerous professional medical organizations, including American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), AANS/CNS Section on Tumors, Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO), American College of Surgeons (ACS), and International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS) .

In his spare time, Dr Dagnew enjoys reading, traveling, photography, physical fitness, and golf.