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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 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:

  • atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor
  • 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
Our research is advancing the level of care available to children with brain tumors. We offer the only exclusive access to Phase I clinical trials in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland through our participation in prestigious research groups. These include the Children’s Oncology Group, Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, and the Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Collaboration.

Lexy's Story

Brain Tumors

Sixteen-year-old West Virginia native Lexy Blair and her parents knew that something was wrong when she started needing to take breaks during her favorite dance classes.

Lexy's Story

Brain Tumor Institute (Neuro-Oncology Program) Team

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Brain Tumor Diagnosis

Children’s National ensures a precision diagnosis for each patient, thanks to our dedicated brain tumor pathologists and advanced imaging studies.


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 Care Services

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.


We provide a wide range of clinical services, specialties and treatments dedicated to improving children’s health.