Brainstem Gliomas

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Doctors Who Treat Pediatric Brain Tumors

A child diagnosed with a brainstem tumor should be treated by a multidisciplinary team that includes neurosurgeons, oncologists, radiologists, physical therapists, and other specialists with advanced training and extensive experience in brain tumors. The Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center offers the services of some of the top surgeons in the field as well as access to a full range of specialists in all the disciplines a patient needs. 

Mark Souweidane, MDDr. Mark Souweidane, vice chairman of the Weill Cornell Department of Neurological Surgery and director of the Weill Cornell Pediatric Brain and Spine Center, is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric brain tumors and is the principle investigator in a groundbreaking new clinical trial on DIPG. He has been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, and is regularly included on lists of the nation’s Best Doctors and Super Doctors. A pioneering champion of minimal access neurosurgery, Dr. Souweidane has specialized endoscopic surgical skills that attract patients and practitioners that benefit from his talents. As an expert on brainstem gliomas, Dr. Souweidane authored several reviews and book chapters on these diseases. (Read more about Dr. Souweidane.)

Jeffrey Greenfield, PhD, MDDr. Jeffrey Greenfield is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and a pediatric neurosurgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Greenfield, whose laboratory research includes the Children’s Brain Tumor Project, specializes in minimally invasive (endoscopic) pediatric neurosurgery as well as in advanced surgery for brain tumors. (Read more about Dr. Greenfield.)

Dr. Caitlin HoffmanCaitlin Hoffman, M.D., is an award-winning neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery as well as in adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery. She has completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery and has performed extensive research on the molecular mechanisms of progression of brain tumors, specifically medulloblastoma. Dr. Hoffman’s clinical research includes venous anomalies in craniosynostosis, early surgical treatment for Rasmussen’s encephalitis, minimally invasive methods of treating hydrocephalus and intracranial cysts, and the characteristics and safety of invasive monitoring for pediatric neurovascular disorders such as AVM. (Read more about Dr. Hoffman)

Dr. Rohan RamakrishnaDr. Rohan Ramakrishna is an award-winning neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain tumors and other central nervous system tumors. Dr. Ramakrishna treats patients with gliomas, metastatic disease, skull base lesions, and pituitary disorders. He employs advanced awake mapping, imaging techniques, and microsurgery to ensure maximal tumor removal and achieve the safest possible surgical outcomes. (Read more about Dr. Ramakrishna.)

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Reviewed by: Zhiping Zhou, PhD
Last reviewed/last updated: November 2014