Pediatric Neuro-oncology

A Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Approach

The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program provides comprehensive care for children with benign and malignant tumors of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. All patients are presented in a multidisciplinary tumor board conference involving pediatric neurosurgeons, pediatric neuro-oncologists, neuropathologists, neuroradiologists, and radiation oncologists.

Neurosurgeons at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital have extensive experience with childhood cancers and central nervous system tumors involving children, including pilocytic astrocytoma, medulloblastoma, ependymoma and diffuse midline glioma (previously referred to as diffuse intrinsic pediatric glioma or DIPG). Visit Pediatric Neurosurgery. Pediatric neuro-oncologists and radiation oncologists work together to provide the appropriate treatments before or after surgery, which may include chemotherapy and/or radiation based on the tumor type and patient age.

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is proud to be a member of the Children’s Brain Tumor Network (CBTN). Previously known as the Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium, the CBTN is a centralized tumor bank involving more than 18 member institutions from around the world. By contributing samples of pediatric tumors, we are contributing to research to develop new treatments for pediatric brain tumors.

Additionally, the program is a part of the Children's Oncology Group, a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials group of over 200 children's cancer centers worldwide devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. The program is also affiliated with the NEXT Consortium, a collaboration of multiple pediatric cancer research centers aiming to expedite the most advanced treatments in the shortest time frame possible.

Safety In Surgery

To make biopsy and tumor removal surgery as safe as possible, we employ modern techniques such as:

  • Stereotaxy: using a computer that syncs an imaging study to a patient’s anatomy
  • Endoscopy: using a small camera with an attached light source to biopsy or remove tumor tissue through a minimally-invasive approach
  • Tubular retractors: using a cylinder to gently push surrounding brain away to access a tumor

For tumors deep in the brain, such as pituitary tumors or craniopharyngiomas, the use of a small camera through the nose (an endonasal transsphenoidal endoscopic approach) may be beneficial.

Pediatric Tumors | Conditions We Treat

Clinical Trials and Wellness and Survivorship Program

Our Neuro-Oncologists are involved in multicenter clinical trials focusing on the treatment of children with tumors. The Oncology team has also established a unique Wellness and Survivorship Program that focuses on managing late effects that occur after initial treatment for childhood cancers to provide comprehensive medical and psychosocial care. Additionally, we are home to a robust Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program.

Contact Us

Phone: 914.614.4270
Fax: 914.650.5437

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Suite 800 S
Hawthorne, NY 10532
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Muh, Carrie R., MD
Carrie Muh, MD
Division Chief, Pediatric Neurosurgery,
Surgical Director of Pediatric Epilepsy Program,
Surgical Director of Pediatric Neuro-vascular Program,
Surgical Co-Director of Craniofacial Program
  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Pisapia, Jared M., MD
Jared Pisapia, MD
Attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon,
Surgical Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program,
Surgical Director of Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program,
Surgical Co-Director of Craniofacial Program
  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Braniecki, Suzanne H., PhD
Suzanne Braniecki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
Giblin, Tara, PNP
  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Halperin, Edward C., MD
Edward Halperin, MD
Chancellor, Chief Executive Officer New York Medical College,
Department of Radiation Medicine
  • Radiation Oncology
Mohan, Avinash L., MD
Avinash Mohan, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Surgery
Pereira, Lila M., PhD
Lila Pereira, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry & Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychologist, Clinical
Rosenblum, Jeremy, MD
Jeremy Rosenblum, MD
Associate Director, Solid Tumor Program
Director, Pediatric Musculoskeletal Oncology Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Tobias, Michael E., MD
  • Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Surgery