Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Neurological Surgery

Neurosurgical Oncology

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

Basic Science Activities

Patient Care

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:

Meet the Faculty

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