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There are many different avenues to contribute to Northwestern Medicine Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of the Lurie Cancer Center (MBTI). MBTI volunteers are valued members of the team who meet regularly to advance the institute's mission and impact the lives of patients.

To get involved with one of the advisory councils below, please call 312-926-3369 or email

MBTI Advisory Council

The largest coalition of volunteers, the MBTI Advisory Council, serves to advance the strategic plan of the institute. Council members are donors, advocates, and community and corporate leaders who support the institute and volunteer their time and talent. Members strategically leverage updates from program and administrative leadership to assist in the promotion of philanthropic giving.

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Joe Stefani
Advisory Council Co-Chair

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David Ricci
Advisory Council Co-Chair

MBTI Patient & Caregiver Advisory Council

The MBTI Patient & Caregiver Advisory Council is a committee that works with administrative, nursing and medical staff to promote and enhance patient- and family-centered care throughout the institute. The council enriches the partnership between patients, families and leadership while improving the patient and caregiver experience at MBTI.


Terri Tondelli
Patient & Caregiver Advisory Council Chair

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