The specialty of Neurosurgical Oncology employs a comprehensive approach, incorporating the talents of specialists from various disciplines and state-of–the-art technology, in the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the brain and spine. Working with specialists in the areas of neurological surgery, neurology, radiation oncology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, neuroendocrinology, physiatry and psychiatry, every neuro-oncology case is discussed in a formal case management conference and a treatment decision rendered.
The department hosts multiple academic events related to the management and treatment of neuro-oncology disorders and disease. Through our affiliated hospitals and care sites, residents and fellows participate in the operative management of a wide range of neuro-oncology disorders including benign and malignant tumors that affect the brain, skull, skull base, spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. In addition, residents and fellows benefit from exposure to modern radiation therapy techniques such as Gamma Knife, microneurosurgical techniques, image guided resections, endoscopic resection of tumors such as transphenoidal hypophysectomy, intra-operative brain mapping, and fundamentals of spinal and cranio-cervical stabilization.
Our department conducts diverse research, including clinical trials, technology development, and basic research.
Current Clinical Trials and Technological Development Work
- A Randomized, double-blind, controlled Phase IIb study of the Safety and Efficacy of ICT-107 in Newly Diagnoses Patients with Glioblastoma Multiform following resection and chemoradiation
- An observational study using mathematical modeling to quantify and predict tumor growth and response to therapy in brain tumor patients
Basic Science Activities
- Molecular Profiling project of Glioma diseases
- Proteomics in Glioblastomas - Histone Modification analysis and Top Down proteomics
- The Epidemiology, Process and Outcomes of Spine Oncology (EPOSO) clinical outcomes database for primary and metastatic tumors
Through collaboration with the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, our faculty provide world class care in the management of metastatic and primary tumors. Lurie Children’s Falk Brain Tumor Center offers highly specialized and state-of the-art care for children with brain tumors, the most common solid tumor diagnosed in children.
Current treatment for brain and spinal cord tumors include:
- Radiation therapy
- Gamma knife radiosurgery
Learn more about our doctors via faculty profiles:
Orin Bloch, MD
James P. Chandler, MD
Maciej (Matt) S. Lesniak, MD
Matthew C. Tate, MD, PhD
Adam M Sonabend Worthalter, MD
Tord D. Alden, MD
Robin M. Bowman, MD
Arthur J. DiPatri, MD
Tadanori Tomita, MD