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Brain tumor center


Brain Tumor Center

Advanced Diagnosis & Treatment for Brain Tumors

The Brain Tumor Center at Mischer Neuroscience Institute is recognized as among the leading centers of its kind for the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the brain and spine. Our fellowship-trained team of neurological specialists are dedicated to combining their clinical expertise and the latest technology with compassionate care to bring hope for patients who face the challenges of life after a brain tumor diagnosis.

Under the leadership of neurosurgeon and researcher Dong Kim, M.D., Director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, the medical team at the Brain Tumor Center includes specialists from multiple disciplines – including oncology, neurology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology and genetic counseling.

This team-based, multidisciplinary approach means that each of our patients benefits from a broad range of expertise, the newest therapies, access to groundbreaking clinical trials and the highest quality services and outcomes across the continuum of care. We provide a comprehensive range of treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

See a list of brain tumor types below »



Brain Tumor Types

The medical team at the Mischer Neuroscience Institute is highly skilled in treating a wide range of primary and metastatic tumors, from simple to the most complex of cases, including:

Innovative Technologies and Surgical Techniques for Brain Tumors

In 1993, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute acquired the region’s first Leksell Gamma Knife®, a stereotactic radiosurgery instrument that resolves brain tumors and other neurological disorders without a traditional “open” surgery. To date, our team has treated more than 3,500 patients using the next generation of this ground-breaking, minimally invasive tool.

Other novel technologies available at the Brain Tumor Center include diffusion tensor imaging, which is an exciting new way to map major brain connection pathways in conjunction with functional MRI and MEG imaging tests.

The neurosurgical team has extensive experience and routinely employs the most innovative procedures to diagnose and treat brain tumors, including:

  • Motor and language mapping
  • Functional imaging techniques for localizing sensitive brain regions
  • Awake craniotomies under local anesthesia
  • Laser ablation
  • Placement of intracavitary chemotherapy
  • Minimally invasive procedures such as neuroendoscopy and stereotactic radiosurgery

State-of-the-art tools such as these are giving our physicians the ability to make diagnosis and deliver surgical treatment with unprecedented precision.

Clinical Trials

When conventional therapies prove unsuccessful, we provide access for our patients to enroll in leading edge clinical trials of investigational drugs and procedures.  View our research trials…

Pediatric Brain Tumor Treatment

Brain tumors in children are often very different from those in adults, in cell type, presentation and responsiveness to treatment. Because a child’s brain is still developing, it is important for a child or adolescent to receive diagnosis and treatment from a physician team specializing in pediatric brain tumors. The Brain Tumor Center’s team works closely with the Children’s Memorial Hermann Neuroscience Center to ensure exceptional care for children with brain tumors.

Learn more about our Pediatric Brain Tumor Program »

Partnering with Referring Physicians

Throughout the evaluation and treatment process, we keep referring physicians well informed about patient progress, both in writing and by phone. After a patient’s first office visit, these doctors will receive a summary that includes the initial diagnosis, pending tests and treatment options.  Follow-up reports detail surgical outcomes and post-operative therapy.

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Our Team

The Mischer Neuroscience Institute Brain Tumor Center brings together physicians who are leaders in the field of treating and researching brain tumors.

Meet the team »