Brain Tumor Institute (Neuro-Oncology Program)
Our Experts Lead the Way
The physicians in the collaborative Brain Tumor Institute are recognized as the world's leaders in pediatric brain cancer.
The Brain Tumor Institute at Children’s National evaluates more than 100 new patients with brain tumors every year. We provide continuing care for hundreds of others. Our multidisciplinary team of experts in neurology and oncology are regularly consulted to provide second opinions for patients from the United States and around the world.
The institute is one of only a few programs boldly trying to eliminate radiation, especially in infants. By finding alternative treatments with fewer long-term effects, the team aspires to increase patients’ quality of life.
The program ensures that your child sees both a neurologist and an oncologist on every visit, and benefits from the expertise of related specialists including endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, radiologists, pathologists, and psychologists.
Under the leadership of Director Roger J. Packer, MD, Neurology Division Chief and Executive Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine, and Clinical Director Brian R. Rood, MD, the program treats patients with the following conditions:
- typical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors
- Germ cell tumors, including mixed germ cell tumors
- Gliomas, including brain stem, chiasmatic, low grade and optic nerve
- Infantile brain tumor
- Primitive neuroectodermal tumors/supratentorial
Brain Tumor Institute (Neuro-Oncology Program) Team
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