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:
"You are about to embark on a journey that will be the challenge of your life as a parent. But you have chosen a hospital and a brain tumor treatment team that is one of the best in the country."
Division Chief, Neuropsychology
Cheng Ying Ho
Senior Vice President, Center for Neuroscience & Behavioral Health
Clinical Director, Brain Tumor Institute
L Gilbert Vezina
International collaborators, including researchers from Children’s National Health System, have unraveled profiles in the genetic makeup of tumor cells in children that could more readily identify their growth and response to treatment, offering the possibility of better, more precise therapy.
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