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Rady Children's Specialists

Neurosurgery

Brain Tumor Program

The Brain Tumor Program is one of the largest pediatric programs for children with brain tumors in the western United States. Physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, parent liaisons and chaplains help each family through the initial surgery and subsequent radiation and/or chemotherapy regimens.

The program specializes in the treatment of complex tumors involving the midline, posterior fossa, cerebello-pontine angle, and skull base. John Crawford, M.D., M.S., director of Rady Children’s Neuro-Oncology Program and co-director of the multidisciplinary Neuro-Oncology Comprehensive Clinic, leads the monthly CNS tumor conferences.

Complex radiation therapies are provided by  Kevin Murphy, M.D., chief of the Pediatric Radiation Oncology Service and an active member of the Children’s Oncology Group. Dr. Murphy has used and fostered the development of a number of emerging techniques in the treatment of brain tumors in children, including stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic radiotherapy, intensity-modulated stereotactic radiosurgery/therapy, hypo-fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy, and GliaSite®/Iotrex brachytherapy.

Along with starting a cerebral tissue bank at Rady Children’s, the Division has developed close relationships with laboratories at The Scripps Research Institute, UC San Diego and the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.

Team

Michael Levy, M.D., Ph.D., Division Chief, Neurology

John Crawford, M.D., M.S., Director, Neuro-Oncology Program

Kevin Murphy, M.D., Chief, Pediatric Radiation Oncology Service