Brain and Spine Tumor Clinic

Multidisciplinary Brain and Spine Tumor ClinicMore than 26,000 primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year. If you or someone you love should experience this diagnosis, you can be assured that the experts at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center's Multidisciplinary Brain and Spine Tumor Clinic will guide you to the best prognosis possible.

Your Treatment 

When you walk through the doors at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, you are choosing the best treatment available at a convenient, supportive, world-renowned cancer center.

Our facility offers the latest in surgical techniques, radiation therapy, drug therapies and clinical trials. From the lab to the bedside, our Brain and Spine Tumor specialists are trained in the latest clinical modalities and research to treat all facets of the disease, from detection through treatment and into survivorship.

Your “New Normal” 

We know that a diagnosis of cancer can be an emotional experience. Our specially-trained oncology nurses will navigate your care before, during, and after treatment; help manage cancer trials; and educate you about what to expect. Our nurses are the front line for your family members, too, communicating with them and other members of your support team to address any needs and concerns. We aim to provide holistic care unsurpassed by anyone in our region.

We mean that the clinical plan for each patient is:

Customized – you are not a case; you are a patient, and each individual’s care is tailored to the needs of the patient 

Comprehensive – we consider the physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of each patient to ensure holistic care that provides the best care and outcomes possible 

Coordinated – as your multidisciplinary lung team, all the physicians and specialists who are providing your treatment meet for a team conference to synthesize their efforts 

Each member of your clinical team meets together in one room to collaborate and bring the best knowledge to the table to discuss your diagnosis and determine the best course of treatment moving forward. This approach ensures that each and every patient receives the ideal combination of treatments and therapies. 

Your highly trained multidisciplinary team of physicians may include neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, neuro-radiologists and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists.  Because we know cancer treatment is not just about medical care –  it’s about patients and their families – your team may also include pain and palliative care specialists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, oncology nurses, genetic counselors, social workers, psychologists, nutritionists, or other appropriate medical professionals. All the best minds – and hands – in neuro-oncology are at the table for your individualized care. 
 

Brain and spin teamThe mission of our team is that we give you the region’s best options for treating your cancer. We seek to improve our understanding of the biological basis of the diseases we treat through cutting-edge research and to develop novel treatments that improve patient survival and enhance quality of life. "

Our neuro-oncology team has a wealth of experience evaluating and treating patients with primary and secondary tumors of the brain and spinal cord, and we use the latest techniques and modalities to provide the best clinical care for our patients. Patients with brain and spine tumor types are best treated by combining all the most effective therapies in a team-focused, multidisciplinary clinic setting. 
 

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Eric C. Burton, MD
Eric C. Burton, MD
Type of Doctor
Neurologist
Area of Interest
Neuro-Oncology
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Richard K. Downs, MD
Richard K. Downs, MD
Type of Doctor
Neuroradiology
Area of Interest
Head and Neck Cancer, Neuroradiology, Ocular Trauma, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke and Advanced MRI Imaging
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Eyas Hattab, MD, MBA
Eyas Hattab, MD, MBA
Type of Doctor
Pathologist
Area of Interest
Diseases and Abnormalities of the Central Nervous System
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Haring J. W. Nauta, MD, PhD, FACS
Haring J. W. Nauta, MD, PhD, FACS
Type of Doctor
Neurosurgery
Area of Interest
Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors, Aneurysms and AVMs, Lumbar Stenosis, Cervical Disc Disease, Chiari Malformation, Syringomyelia, Adult Hydrocephalus and Special Procedures for Pain
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Joseph S. Neimat, MD
Joseph S. Neimat, MD
Type of Doctor
Neurosurgery
Area of Interest
Movement Disorders and Epilepsy
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Megan Nelson, MD
Megan Nelson, MD
Type of Doctor
Cancer Rehabilitation
Area of Interest
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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Alexandra S. Schaber, Nurse Practitioner
Alexandra S. Schaber, Nurse Practitioner
Type of Doctor
Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner
Area of Interest
Brain and spine tumors, research and evidence based practice
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Craig L. Silverman, MD
Craig L. Silverman, MD
Type of Doctor
Radiation Oncology
Area of Interest
Head and Neck Cancer and Pediatric Cancer
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Brian J. Williams, MD
Brian J. Williams, MD
Type of Doctor
Neurosurgery
Area of Interest
Neurological Surgery
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Shiao Y. Woo, MD, FACR
Shiao Y. Woo, MD, FACR
Type of Doctor
Radiation Oncologist
Area of Interest
Brain and Spine Tumors, Pediatric Cancer, Lung Cancer and Advanced Radiation Technologies
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Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS, FAANS
Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, MBA, FACS, FAANS
Type of Doctor
Neurosurgery
Area of Interest
General Neurosurgery, Complex Spinal Neurosurgery, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Cyberknife Radiosurgery, Spine Tumors, Brain Tumors and Spinal Cord Injury
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Thomas J. Altstadt, MD, FAANS
Thomas J. Altstadt, MD, FAANS
Type of Doctor
Neurosurgery
Area of Interest
Minimally invasive and complex spine surgery, the application of image-guided navigation to the treatment of spinal disorders, general and peripheral nerve neurosurgery.
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Robert F. James, MD
Robert F. James, MD
Type of Doctor
Neurosurgery
Area of Interest
Brain Aneurysm Treatments, Arteriovenous Malformations, Arteriovenous Fistulas, Acute Stroke, Cavernous Malformations, Carotid Artery Stenosis Treatments, Adult Chiari Syndrome, Moyamoya Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Sports-related Concussion, Head and Neck Tumor Embolization and Radiosurgery
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Norman L. Lehman, MD
Type of Doctor
Pathology
Area of Interest
Anatomic And Clinical Pathology, Neuropathology
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Mohiuddin Hadi, MD
Mohiuddin Hadi, MD
Type of Doctor
Neuroradiology
Area of Interest
Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology
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