Brain Tumor Center of the Cancer Institute

Brain Tumor Center of the Cancer Institute

With a focus on comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment for benign and malignant tumors of the brain, from pre-operative evaluations through post-operative in-hospital management, the diagnostic and therapeutic experts at the Brain Tumor Center — part of Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute — take an individualized approach to each patient.

A full team of experts

Patients receive consistent, coordinated care from distinguished specialists, including:

  • Neurosurgeons - Surgeons who specialize in surgery of the central and peripheral nervous system.
  • Neuro-oncologists - Physicians who are trained to diagnose and treat patients with brain tumors and other types of tumors of the nervous system.
  • Neurologists - Physicians who specialize in the treatment of disorders of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.
  • Radiation oncologists - Physicians who treat cancer with radiation therapy.
  • Neuroradiologists - Radiologists who specialize in the use of radioactive substances, x-rays and scanning devices for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the nervous system.
  • Neuropathologists - Pathologists who specialize in the diagnosis of diseases of the brain and nervous system. They utilize microscopic examination of the tissue and other means.
  • Neuropsychologists - Psychologists who specialize in the neurobiological causes of brain disorders and in treatment these illnesses with a medical approach.

The Brain Tumor Center fosters a unique collaboration between the departments of neurosurgery, neurology, medical oncology and radiation medicine. Clinicians and researchers actively collaborate on every case to develop personalized treatment options based on the specific characteristics of each patient’s tumor.

Expert diagnosis and treatment of brain and spine tumors

Areas of expertise at the center include stereotactic neurosurgery, skull base surgery, minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, pituitary surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. The center’s physicians are versed in such tools and interventions as functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and MRI spectroscopy, as well as in the use of intraoperative MRI with brain mapping.

The brain tumor tissue bank

Through the Tissue Donation Program, conducted in collaboration with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the center is creating a brain tumor bank that will ultimately improve diagnostics and available therapies.  The center currently has a substantial collection of malignant and benign tumor samples that our researchers are using to identify proteins that play a role in brain tumors.


Clinical trials at the Brain Tumor Center focus on innovative technologies, new drug therapies and the basic science of brain tumors. These techniques are spurred on by research, which addresses important fundamental and clinical questions about brain tumors and gives patients access to current clinical trials and treatments.

  • The center participates in National Cancer Institute–supported multi-center trials in radiation oncology and pharmaceutical industry–supported clinical trials. In addition, it offers investigator-initiated trials, including an in-house trial to improve detection and management of brain metastases by obtaining additional, delayed sets of brain images after gadolinium administration. 
  • The center is also participating in a study to evaluate the addition of trans sodium crocetinate to standard chemoradiotherapy to determine if it will improve the survival of patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme. 
  • The center is conducting research in image-guided applications that focus on functional magnetic resonance images (fMRI) as a tool to identify areas of the brain that control activities such as speech and movement. In addition, Michael Schulder, MD, director of the Brain Tumor Center, has the largest surgical series using a compact, mobile intraoperative MRI (iMRI) in the United States. Dr. Schulder is developing new tools and techniques that, combined with iMRI, represent state-of-the-art brain tumor surgery and illustrate the important link between research and surgical applications for better treatment.

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