Surgical Neuro-Oncology

The Surgical Neuro-oncology Program at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center offers specializes in the surgical treatment of cancers affecting the brain and spine. Under the leadership of Neurosurgeon-in-Chief Philip Stieg, our neurosurgeons treat malignant tumors in adults and children, including primary and metastatic tumors.  

The surgical program is co-directed by Dr. Theodore Schwartz, who is internationally known for his expertise in surgery for brain and spine tumors, including pituitary tumors and other lesions of the skull base. Dr. Schwartz meets weekly with the Weill Cornell Multidisciplinary Brain Tumor Board to discuss individual patient cases and develop treatment plans. The Tumor Board consists of neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, and research staff.

The experts of the Surgical Neuro-oncology Program work closely with members of the Clinical Neuro-oncology Program to create a comprehensive strategy that includes surgical resection (removal) of tumors followed by medical control of tumors, including radiation and drug therapies.

The program also offers a wide spectrum of brain tumor clinical trials. The Weill Cornell Brain Tumor Research Group's (BTRG) focus on translational research makes the most recent and promising investigational regimens available to patients who participate in these clinical trials.

For more information about the Surgical Neuro-oncology Program, contact Dr. Stieg at 212-746-4684 or Dr. Schwartz at 212-746-5620. You may also use our online form to request an appointment.


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Our Care Team

  • Chairman and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief
  • Margaret and Robert J. Hariri, MD ’87, PhD ’87 Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Vice Provost of Business Affairs and Integration
Phone: 212-746-4684
  • Vice Chair for Clinical Research
  • David and Ursel Barnes Professor in Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Otolaryngology
  • Director, Center for Epilepsy and Pituitary Surgery
  • Co-Director, Surgical Neuro-oncology
Phone: 212-746-5620
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
  • Leon Levy Research Fellow
  • Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute
Phone: 646-962-3389
  • Chief of Neurological Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist
  • Alvina and Willis Murphy Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
  • Director, Brain Metastases Program
  • Co-director, William Rhodes and Louise Tilzer-Rhodes Center for Glioblastoma
Phone: 212-746-1996
  • Director, Neurosurgical Radiosurgery
  • Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery
  • Robert G. Schwager, MD ’67 Education Scholar, Cornell University
Phone: 212-746-2438
  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Phone: 646-962-3388
  • Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Phone: 212-746-3600
  • Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 212-746-2152
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurological Surgery
Phone: 212-746-3356
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Phone: 212-746-5149
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