Falk Brain ​Tumor Center

Lurie Children’s Falk 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 15th 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 Falk 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.

We offer our patients new treatments such as proton therapy and INTRABEAM™ intraoperative radiotherapy system, as well as access to treatments through numerous ongoing clinical trials​.

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 foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

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