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Brain Tumor Center2020-11-13T15:15:06+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

  • Acoustic neuroma (schwannoma)
  • Anaplastic astrocytoma

  • Brain metastases

  • Central nervous system lymphoma

  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma

  • Craniopharyngioma

  • Ependymoma

  • Germ cell tumors

  • Glioblastoma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Low-grade glioma

  • 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

  • Advanced neuroimaging (7 Tesla MRI)

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

  • BrainPath® minimally invasive parafascicular surgery (MIPS) craniotomy

  • Endoscopic minimally invasive surgery

  • Gamma Knife® radiosurgery

  • 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
  • Skull base surgery

  • 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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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
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USC Healthcare Center 2
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Specializing In

Radiation Oncology

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Practicing Locations

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC - La Cañada Flintridge
USC Healthcare Center 4
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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USC Healthcare Center 2

Specializing In

Cerebrovascular Disease of the Brain and Spinal Cord, Surgical Approaches to the Cranial Base, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Microvascular Decompression for Bell’s Palsy, Lateral Skull Base Surgery for Facial Nerve Tumors

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In

Neuro-Ophthalmology

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Practicing Locations

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Practicing Locations

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

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Practicing Locations

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Specializing In

Radiation Oncology

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Practicing Locations

Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Program Manager
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 Gabriel Zada, MD

July 16th, 2020|

Gabriel Zada, MD, is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon-scientist who specializes in brain, skull base and pituitary tumor surgery. The director of the USC Brain Tumor Center at Keck Medicine of USC and an associate professor of neurological surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Zada is an expert in endoscopic and minimally

Having Headaches for No Reason? Get Checked for Meningioma

September 29th, 2017|

Meningioma symptoms develop slowly but account for one-third of all brain tumors. Slow-growing tumors, called meningiomas, can be hard to detect, because of their subtlety. They occur in the meninges, the thin membranes that cover and protect the brain and spinal cord. Meningiomas grow gradually, compressing nerves and blood vessels. In many cases, they are

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