Adult Brain Tumors: Neuro-Oncology at Emory

Emory’s Brain Tumor Program is comprised of a comprehensive group of multidisciplinary experts specializing in neuro-oncology. Collaborating with with oncologists at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, our neurosurgeons perform procedures for nervous system and brain tumors, as well as the  neurological complications of cancer. Emory offers the only brain tumor program in Georgia with neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, neuropathologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, neuroradiologists and radiation oncologists dedicated to brain tumor diagnosis and treatment. We are also the only program in the state with full membership in the two national research groups with the largest adult brain research efforts.

The Emory Winship Cancer Institute is the first medical facility in Georgia to have earned the coveted National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center designation. As an NCI-designated center, Winship joins an elite group of 64 cancer centers nationwide that are on the forefront of the battle against cancer.

Why Choose Emory:

  • Emory has more than 30 faculty members on our physician team, making us home to the strongest brain tumor research center in the state of Georgia. Coordination of care between neurosurgery, neurology, neuroradiology, neuro-ophthalmology, oncology and rehabilitation medicine means patients receive exceptional care, based on advanced medical research and techniques.
  • Each year, our neurosurgeons perform over 600 operations on brain tumors.
  • Emory offers access to clinical trials available only through NCI-designated cancer centers and participating centers in the RTOG and ABTC.
  • We utilize state-of-the-art equipment, including a 3-D endoscope, a functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, an MRI perfusion scanner, a computed tomography angiography (CTA) scanner, a CTA perfusion scanner and a positron-emission tomography/CT (PET/CT) 600 scanner.
  • Emory is the first cancer program in Georgia to offer radiosurgery for brain and spinal tumors. This unique approach is a non-invasive treatment that uses focused beams of ionized radiation, and is especially helpful for localized, highly-precise treatment of tumors. In the last 20 years, physicians at Winship have treated over 1000 patients with radiosurgery.
  • Patients have access to multiple complementary treatments, including nutritional counseling, lymphedema treatments and pain management.
  • An array of cancer survivorship resources are available for patients, including the monthly Emory Brain Tumor Support Group.

Conditions We Treat:

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body, and there are more than 120 different types of brain tumors, effecting over 40,000 Americans each year.

  • Metastatic cancer in the brain, spine, or cerebrospinal fluid
  • Gliomas and malignant gliomas
  • Meningiomas and malignant meningiomas
  • Pineal region tumors
  • Acoustic neuromas
  • Colloid cysts and other intraventricular tumors
  • Skull base tumors, including chordomas
  • Epidermoid and dermoid tumors
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Central nervous system lymphoma
  • Neurologic complications of cancers

Brain Tumor Treatments at Emory:

  • Specialized PET imaging that allows us to diagnose and treat more accurately
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic brain surgery
  • On site radiation oncology (including stereotactic neurosurgery and IMRT)
  • Treatment for pituitary tumors
  • Surgery, including craniotomy for brain tumors
  • Language preservation through awake craniotomy mapping
  • Motor skills preservation through intraoperative cortical and subcortical mapping
  • Complex skull base surgery
  • Spinal radiosurgery for treatment of brain tumors and metastatic tumors of the spine resulting from various types of cancer

Support Group:

The Brain Tumor Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month with the purpose of providing an opportunity for information-sharing and support for brain tumor patients, as well as their family, friends and caregivers.
Read more about Emory's Brain Tumor Support Group.

University Research:

At Emory, the Molecular Neuro-oncology Laboratory, Brain Tumor Nanotechnology Laboratory, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Laboratory are dedicated to the study and treatment of brain tumors.
Read about our research and learn about the Brain Tumor Program at Emory, an ongoing clinical investigation into the causes and treatments of brain cancer.

Brain Tumor Neurosurgical Team:

Costas Hadjipanayis, MD, PhD
Chief of Neurosurgery Service, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Specialties: Surgical neuro-oncology/brain tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery and brain biopsies, experimental therapeutics for malignant glioma, complex cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal instrumentation, microvascular decompression, neuro-endoscopy, peripheral nerve

Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, FACE
Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Medicine
Specialties: Pituitary tumors, pituitary hormone deficiencies, Cushing's Syndrome, acromegaly, hyperprolacinemia, adrenal insufficiency

Jeffrey J. Olson, MD
Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Director, Translational Neuro-oncology Laboratory
Specialties: Surgical neuro-oncology/brain tumors, cancer, cranial nerve disorder, lesions of the anterior and posterior skull base, investigative therapy

Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD, PhD, FACS
Al Lerner Chair and Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Medicine (Endocrinology)
Director, Molecular Neurosurgery and Biotechnology Laboratory
Director, Neurosurgery Residency Program
Editor-In-Chief, Neurosurgery
Specialties: Radiosurgery, pituitary tumors, brain tumors

Read more about brain tumor care at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute.

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