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Brain Tumor Institute

Our Experts Lead the Way

The physicians in the collaborative Brain Tumor Institute are recognized as the world's leaders in pediatric brain cancer.

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The Brain Tumor Institute at Children’s National evaluates one out of every 10 children with a brain tumor in the United States -- more than 100 new patients 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
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Ependymoma
  • Germ cell tumors, including mixed germ cell tumors
  • Gliomas, including brain stem, chiasmatic, low grade and optic nerve
  • Infantile brain tumor
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Pineoblastomas
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumors/supratentorial

Elias's Story

Brain Tumors

Patient story

"No matter whom we saw on any day, we always felt Eli had a roomful of experts behind him."

Elias's Story

The Brain Tumor Institute (Neuro-Oncology Program) Team

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We design our health care with kids in mind, and deliver assurance when parents need it most.

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We see children locally and globally who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.

Meet the Team

Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.

Related Departments

Pediatric specialists work closely to ensure an integrated approach to care for each child and family.

Resources for Families

We offer resources for families to help answer questions and ease your child’s hospital experience.