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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute
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A Message from Our Directors Regarding COVID-19

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Malnati Brain Tumor Institute (MBTI) of Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine is a cohesive, resilient, and creative group and who is committed to providing great care to patients, including in this unprecedented era of COVID-19. We want you to know how we are responding to the pandemic, both for our patients and also our caregivers on the front lines. We are also sharing some suggestions for your own wellbeing, and your family, during this time of stress.

Patient Care

Patient safety and care remains critical to everyone in the Northwestern family.  We are still open in the clinic and see patients who need to be seen. As of March 16, we began rescheduling procedures that can be postponed. Each operation that can be rescheduled opens up access for ICU care, ventilators, and the critical care team as we see the need increasing for Covid-19 care resources. We continue to perform urgent and emergent operations. Many of the outpatients have been redirected to “e-visits”, or appointments have been postponed when possible. We are grateful for everyone’s understanding as we adjust to these new circumstances.

Contacting MBTI

Current MBTI patients are encouraged to continue working with your clinical team using MyChart.

New patients needing an appointment with MBTI should contact us at 833-88-BRAIN. We will return your call as soon as possible.  In order to provide continued care to established or new patients suffering from brain and spine tumors, we offer tele-health consultations using a phone or video conferencing tool such as Microsoft Teams. If you wish to request such a consultation, you can reach the team via mbti@nm.org. We will then rapidly schedule a consultation with the appropriate member of our clinical team.

Caring for the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute Team

Whenever possible we have MBTI team members working from home, or on a “holiday” schedule with reduced time in the hospital. Team members have been working out rotations so they can appropriately care for the patients, with back up members on call from home if needed. It is reassuring to see that not only do we have a world class team of caregivers, they also have a culture that supports one another through difficult times.

Our leadership is regularly communicating with the team with the most up-to-date and reliable information. In addition to social distancing, hand washing and isolating, we encourage you or your family to seek information from reputable sources, like the ones below.

Stay safe and stay well,

James P. Chandler, MD
Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery
Co-director, Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

Roger Stupp, MD
Paul C. Bucy Professor of Neurological Surgery
Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), Neurology & Neurological Surgery
Co-Director, Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute
Chief, Division of Neuro-oncology, Department of Neurology Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

Friends and Family Resources

CDC Resources

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Northwestern Medicine e-Visit Instructions

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