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Comprehensive Neuro-Oncology Services

A multidisciplinary program for the management of brain and spine tumors

What are brain and spine tumors?

Tumors of the brain and spinal cord are abnormal growths of tissue found inside the skull or the bony spinal column (spine). Brain and spine are the primary components of the Central Nervous System (CNS). Benign tumors are noncancerous, and malignant tumors are cancerous. The cancerous type can be either primary or metastatic brain and spine tumors. Symptoms of brain and spinal cord tumors generally develop slowly and worsen over time unless they are treated. The three most common treatment modalities include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.

Precise, Cutting-Edge Care, Close to Home

At WMCHealth’s Neuro-oncology program, our multidisciplinary team of highly skilled and experienced providers and staff are here to help patients and their families through diagnosis and treatment. Every aspect of care is tailored to the patient’s needs and delivered using state of the art treatments and technology.

Our team consists of experts who specialize in the fields of neurosurgery, neuroradiology, radiation medicine, medical oncology, neurology, as well as supportive care in neuropsychology, rehabilitation medicine and social services. This team of experts is dedicated to provide our patients and their family’s exceptional care, and access to clinical trials and basic science research in the field of neuro-oncology.

Thank you for placing your trust and care in the neuro-oncology center at the WMCHealth Network.

Conditions we Treat.

We have expertise to care for the entire spectrum of primary and metastatic brain and spine tumors including: •

Glioblastoma (GBM)
• Meningioma
• Pituitary tumors
• Acoustic neuroma
• All skull base tumors (esthesioneuroblastoma, etc.)
• Spine tumors

Leading-Edge Technology and Treatment

The program is dedicated to providing comprehensive assessment, state-of-the-art treatment, and advanced clinical trials for our patients.

Comprehensive Patient Assessment
To meet your needs, our specialists meet individually with patients, all on the same day if preferred. The multidisciplinary care team consisting of specialists in neurosurgery, radiation medicine and medical oncology who meet together weekly in a multidisciplinary conference to review patient cases and to collaboratively develop individualized treatment and care plans.

State of the Art Treatment

Stereotactic Radiosurgery: The state-of-the-art comprehensive Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program is operated jointly by the departments of Neurosurgery and Radiation Medicine. Radiation treats cancers of the head and brain, using fewer high-dose treatments than traditional systems. This technique treats both malignant and benign conditions.

Surgery: Patients have access to surgical options of stereotactic neurosurgery, skull base surgery and minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, which also allows for more precise treatment with less invasive approaches.

Medical oncology: The medical oncologists offer cutting edge chemotherapy and immunotherapy to treat diseases in a relaxed, comforting setting.

Clinical Research
Clinical Trials at the Brain Tumor Institute focus on innovative technologies, new drug therapies and the basic science of brain tumors.

Support Services
Our patient navigator and social worker are available to provide support to our patients and access to services. They can facilitate services to improve your quality of life during cancer treatment.

The state-of-the-art comprehensive Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program is operated jointly by the departments of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology. Westchester Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology division has the Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, the most technologically advanced stereotactic radiosurgery machine, which provides exceptional image-guided treatment for the most complex cancers. The program is at the forefront in the development of spine stereotactic radiosurgery/radiotherapy and is an integral part of other clinical programs including neuro-oncology, spine, and pediatric neurosurgery.

Appointments and Information

Westchester Medical Center Brain and Spine Institute
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 2900 S
Hawthorne, NY 10532

Phone: 914.493.2363
Fax: 914.493.2505

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Meet the Specialists

Our comprehensive care team is dedicated to meet the goal of providing the most up-to-date evaluation, personalized multidisciplinary treatments and continuity of care for patients with brain and spine tumors. To meet your needs, our specialists meets patients in a multidisciplinary clinic to provide the opportunity to develop individualized treatment and care plans collaboratively.

Schmidt, Meic H.
Schmidt, Meic H.
Director, Department of Neurosurgery, Westchester Medical Center and Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery, New York Medical College
Neurological Surgery
Spine Surgery
Bowers, Christian A.
Bowers, Christian A.
Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
New York Medical College
Neurological Surgery
de Lotbinière, Alain
Neurological Surgery
Gandhi, Chirag
Gandhi, Chirag
Director, Neurovascular Surgery, Westchester Medical Center, and Professor and Vice-Chairman of Neurosurgery, New York Medical College
Neurological Surgery
Mohan, Avinash
Neurological Surgery
Moorthy, Chitti
Radiation Oncology
Pellegrino, Christine M.
Medical Oncology
Saleh, Nagwa
Radiation Oncology
Tobias, Michael E.
Neurological Surgery