Why Northwestern?

Directors' Message

After ten years, our team of experts’ world-class scientific and clinical expertise has enabled us to reach the top tier of neuro-oncology programs in the US, offering state-of-the-art therapies to help countless patients who have been diagnosed with cancers of the brain and spine.

500New brain tumor patients each year
700Brain tumor surgeries every year
8Basic and translational research groups focusing exclusively on brain tumors
15Physicians and 20 nurses dedicated to the care of brain tumor patients
12–15Concurrent clinical trials allowing for today's access of tomorrow's treatments
A social worker dedicated to brain tumor patients
A health network that brings the expertise to a hospital near you
The most modern and up-to-date technology, including neuro-navigation, awake surgery, Gamma-Knife and Proton-beam radiotherapy

A Generous Gift

Jean Malnati Miller and her first husband, the late Lou Malnati, established a family tradition of philanthropy 47 years ago that continues today. In November 2017, the Lou Malnati Cancer Research Foundation made a transformational gift to the Institute to help advance education, research and patient care and rename us Northwestern Medicine Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Visit the foundation’s annual cancer benefit website to learn more about the Malnati's work supporting oncology research.

Marc Malnati, Jean Malnati and James Chandler, MD, at the announcement of the Lou Malnati Cancer Research Foundation's gift

Long-Term Support

The strain of a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and many patients and their families need help coping. We are here to provide emotional and practical support for patients and their families during diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

El Programa de Tumores de Cerebro y Columna en Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Northwestern Medicine ha creado el Programa Hispánico de Tumores de Cerebro y Columna para atender las necesidades de los pacientes hispanos. Esta clínica es la primera en ofrecer acceso a líderes en el campo de la neurocirugía y neuro-oncología, y atención medica con un enfoque multidisciplinario, todo en español. Esta clínica brinda atención medica adaptada a la cultura hispana para servir a la comunidad local e internacional.

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About Us

The Malnati Brain Tumor Institute is part of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. As part of the cancer center, we can provide patients with the highest level of comprehensive care.

Our faculty also have appointments within the following Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine departments.