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Brain Tumor Center2021-05-13T14:36:45+00:00

USC Brain Tumor Center

Brain TumorAt the USC Brain Tumor Center, our mission is to provide exceptional, comprehensive and innovative brain tumor care. Our multidisciplinary, fellowship-trained team brings together experts across a wide range of medical specialties and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to deliver customized treatment plans for all types of brain tumors and related conditions.

As an academic medical center, we are leaders in vital translational and clinical research and offer access to the most groundbreaking cancer clinical trials available today. We are committed to delivering compassionate, patient-centered care and driving medical breakthroughs that will revolutionize brain tumor treatments and outcomes.

Our team understands the challenges a brain tumor can cause, and we are deeply committed to supporting you at every turn of your journey. The experience of our multidisciplinary specialists, combined with our expansive technology suite and clinical trials portfolio, allows us to deliver exceptional, concierge-style care for adults and children with all types of brain tumors.

A Team of Specialists Dedicated to Your Care

With a focus on being your partners in care, our center leverages the experience of our fellowship-trained specialists to provide comprehensive support. Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Neuro-oncologists

  • Neurosurgeons

  • Radiation oncologists

  • Primary care specialists

  • Neuro-ophthalmologists

  • Neuropathologists

  • Neurologists

  • Neuroradiologists

  • Otolaryngologists

Our specialists work in close collaboration and combine their vast clinical experience to manage all facets of your brain tumor care, including surgical resection, radiation therapy, radiosurgery, cutting-edge minimally invasive surgical techniques and treatment options for the most complex brain tumors.

Leaders in Research and Innovation

The USC Brain Tumor Center is a leading basic, translational and clinical research center for a variety of brain tumors, as well as the development of new surgical approaches and techniques. Our cutting-edge research program, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, includes a wide array of investigator-initiated and national trials. At our laboratories, our researchers are committed to bringing innovative treatments from the lab directly to our patients.

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A Network of Resources

As part of Keck Medicine of USC, our center has access to an extensive network of clinical and academic resources, including the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute and Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute. We also collaborate with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Caltech.

The USC Brain Tumor Center cares for adults and children with all types of brain tumors, offering next-day appointments with multiple specialists and concierge-style care.

Conditions We Treat

  • Medulloblastoma and other embryonal tumors
  • Meningioma

  • Neurofibromatosis (NF1, NF2)
  • Oligodendroglioma

  • Pineal tumors
  • Pituitary adenoma

  • Skull base/head and neck tumors

  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome

Interventions We Offer

  • 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)–guided tumor removal

  • Awake brain surgery/awake craniotomy with speech and motor mapping

  • BrainPath® minimally invasive parafascicular surgery (MIPS) craniotomy

  • Endoscopic minimally invasive surgery

  • GammaTile® surgically targeted radiation therapy

  • Genomic and single-cell sequencing (translational genomics)

  • Immunotherapy

  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

  • Intranasal drug delivery

  • Laser-induced thermal therapy (LITT)

  • Robotic neurosurgery
  • Targeted therapy, also called precision medicine

  • True Beam® radiotherapy (fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy [FSRT])

  • Tumor treating fields (TTFields) therapy

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Meet Our Team

USC Brain Tumor Center Director

Physicians

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Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

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Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

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Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Gastrointestinal cancer, lung cancer, brain tumor, central nervous system (CNS) tumors, melanoma, gamma knife

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Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Central Nervous System Tumors; Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Spine Radiosurgery

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Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

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Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

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Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Neurology

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Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Neurology

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Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Head and neck cancers, CNS tumors, skin cancer

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In

Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Specializing In

Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Neuro-Ophthalmology

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Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Medical Oncology

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Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Autopsy Pathology, Neuropathology, Pathology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Head and Neck Cancer, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Thoracic Oncology, Brachytherapy, Gynecologic Radiation Oncology, eye plaque and ophthalmological cancers

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Specializing In

Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Specializing In

Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In

Autopsy Pathology, Neuropathology, Ophthalmic Pathology, Pathology

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Practicing Locations

Hoffman Medical Research Building
Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Pathology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Specializing In

Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology

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Practicing Locations

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Lung Cancers, Breast Cancers

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In

Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery

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Paola Mork, MHA

Latest News

Explore what our brain tumor experts have to say on a variety of topics and stay up-to-date on what’s new.

Meet Eric Chang, MD

March 5th, 2021|

Dr. Chang is a radiation oncologist who specializes in tumors of the central nervous system and gamma knife radiosurgery at Keck Medicine of USC. Here’s what you won’t find on his resume. His desire to be in on the latest advancements helped decide his career path. "To be at the forefront of medicine, I chose

Meet Frances Chow, MD

January 4th, 2021|

Dr. Chow is a neuro-oncologist at Keck Medicine of USC. She is part of the multidisciplinary, fellowship-trained team of specialists at the USC Brain Tumor Center. Here’s what you won’t find on her resume. Her role model is a childhood favorite. "I have always looked up to Mister Rogers. As a child, I remember him

Meet Frank Attenello, MD

December 18th, 2020|

Dr. Attenello is a neurosurgeon at Keck Medicine of USC who specializes in brain tumor and brain injury treatment, including advanced minimally invasive techniques. Here’s what you won’t find on his resume. His parents inspired his career choice. “From a pretty young age, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. My father was a

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