Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG)

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Doctors Who Treat DIPG

A child diagnosed with DIPG should be treated by an interdisciplinary team that includes pediatric neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, physical therapists, and other specialists with advanced training and extensive experience in brain tumors in children. 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 that a young patient may need.

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 neurosurgery, including surgical management of childhood brain tumors. 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 pioneer in minimally invasive neurosurgery, Dr. Souweidane has specialized endoscopic surgical skills that attract patients from around the world that benefit from his talents, as well as practitioners from around the world to study with him. An expert on DIPG and other brainstem gliomas, Dr. Souweidane has authored several reviews and book chapters on these tumors. (Read more about Dr. Souweidane.)

Jeffrey Greenfield, PhD, MDDr. Jeffrey Greenfield is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery 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)