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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Malnati Brain Tumor Institute Moves To 20th Floor of Galter

Leadership from the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute, with members of the Malnati family at the opening of the institute’s new clinical space. Jean Malnati Miller and Dean M. Harrison, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, had the honor of cutting the symbolic ribbon.

On February 26, donors to the Northwestern Medicine Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital gathered with clinical staff and administration to unveil a new state-of-the-art clinical space located on the 20th floor of Galter Pavilion at 675 N. St. Clair Street. The expanded space treats patients with malignant, benign, and metastatic brain and spinal tumors. 

The new naming of the institute began in late 2017 after a landmark donation was gifted by the Lou Malnati Cancer Research Foundation. The expanded clinical space is part of an overarching vision to provide better follow-up care by striving for quicker diagnosis, more specialized treatment, and one-of-a-kind support programs within the Lurie Cancer Center.

The Malnati Brain Tumor Institute is led by co-directors James Chandler, MD, ’96 GMER, Lavin/Fates Professor of Neurological Surgery, and Roger Stupp, MD, Paul C. Bucy Professor of Neurological Surgery. C. David James, PhD, Jean Malnati Miller Professor of Brain Tumor Research, is the institute’s scientific director, overseeing research efforts including a prestigious Specialized Program of Research Excellence grant in brain cancer, funded by the National Cancer Institute. 

Triple in size from the original space, the newly constructed clinic space occupies 8,370 square feet of the floor, with 12 exam rooms and two consult areas. A majority of the rooms are designed to be hybrid exam rooms and consult rooms to allow for better utilization of space and to increase family involvement for members wishing to attend appointments.

Other amenities include a radiology reading room embedded into the clinic to review patients’ medical images and an MRI scheduler in the clinic to provide patients a one-stop-shop for scheduling follow-up imaging return visits. Also occupying the space is an oversized 140-square-foot exam room with a ceiling mounted patient lift for patients who might be immobile. 

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For more information about supporting brain tumor research or clinical care, please contact Elizabeth Gordon at or (312) 503-0759.