Brain ​Tumor Center

Lurie Children’s Brain Tumor Center offers highly specialized, state-of the-art care for children with brain tumors​, the most common solid tumor diagnosed in children. The center is designed specifically to treat children with brain and central nervous system tumors.  

Lurie Children's is ranked 8th in the nation in Neurology & Neurosurgery and 12th in the nation in Cancer by U.S.News & World Report


Our Brain Tumor Board, a team of pediatric healthcare experts, meets weekly to review cases and develop treatment plans for children whose brain and spine tumors have been newly diagnosed, have recurred or require a change in therapeutic plan. Case history, diagnostic images, surgical findings and pathology are each reviewed individually.

The center offers services from the following specialists:
In 1986, the center was established by Stewart Goldman, MD, Division Head, Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant, and Tadanori Tomita, MD, Division Head, Pediatric Neurosurgery.  Dr. Tomita currently leads the Brain Tumor Center in partnership with Jason Fangusaro, MD, Section Head of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology.


Families can meet weekly with multiple specialists in a single location. This collaborative team approach gives families the chance to ask questions and fully understand their child's illness to make educated care decisions. Learn about the measures we take to diagnose our patients' tumors.

We offer our patients new treatments such as proton therapy, as well as access to treatments through numerous ongoing clinical studies​.

Our Brain Tumor Board completes comprehensive reviews of children's cases each week. Learn how to refer a patient.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.


Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

​Using Precision Medicine to Treat Meir's Brain Tumor

Meir has an inoperable brain tumor. When therapies failed to slow the tumor's growth, his family moved from Israel to Chicago to enroll in a clinical trial at Lurie Children's, led by Dr. Jason Fangusaro​. It's a molecular therapy that comes in a pill. That means he can avoid radiation therapy and aggressive surgery, and focus on being a kid.

Now, for the first time in three years, his tumor is shrinking.​​


​Pediatric Brain Tumor Program Facebook Page

Visit our Facebook page for updates from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at Lurie Children's, including information about upcoming events, camps, research and free educational webinars.

View our brain tumor infographic

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Almost Home Kids (AHK), now part of the Lurie Children’s family, cares for children with complicated health needs by providing family training, respite care and short-term transitional care in a home-like setting. AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home. The Falk Brain Tumor Center works closely with Almost Home Kids to make the care transition process as easy as possible.

Learn more about AHK.