USC Brain Tumor Center

Our experts deliver comprehensive, advanced care to people living with brain tumors and related conditions.

USC Brain Tumor Center

Our experts deliver comprehensive, advanced care to people living with brain tumors and related conditions.

Clinical Trials

Participating in a clinical trial gives you access to new and promising therapies.

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We accept most insurance plans and work with managed care networks.

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State-of-the-Art Brain Tumor Care

At the USC Brain Tumor Center, we offer comprehensive care for adults and children with all types of brain tumors. Our multidisciplinary team focuses exclusively on brain tumors, and we have deep experience from treating a very high number of complex brain tumor cases.

We use cutting-edge diagnostic tools and innovative approaches to design a treatment plan personalized to your precise care needs and type of tumor.

A brain tumor is a growth of abnormal cells in the tissue of the brain. They can be cancerous or noncancerous. We use cutting-edge tools to diagnose your tumor promptly and design a treatment plan customized for you. Procedures we perform include:

  • Complex to minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Radiation therapy
  • Radiosurgery
  • Surgical resection

Our specialists work closely together to help you achieve the best possible outcome, no matter how complex the tumor.

Conditions We Treat

  • Acoustic neuroma (schwannoma)
  • Anaplastic astrocytoma
  • Brain metastases
  • Central nervous system lymphoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Ependymoma
  • Germ cell tumors
  • Glioblastoma
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Low-grade glioma
  • Medulloblastoma and other embryonal tumors
  • Meningioma
  • Neurofibromatosis (NF1, NF2)
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pineal tumors
  • Pituitary adenoma
  • Skull base/head and neck tumors
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome

Treatments and Interventions We Offer

  • 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)–guided tumor removal
  • Advanced neuroimaging (7 Tesla MRI)
  • Awake brain surgery/awake craniotomy with speech and motor mapping
  • BrainPath® minimally invasive parafascicular surgery (MIPS) craniotomy
  • Endoscopic minimally invasive surgery
  • GammaTile® surgically targeted radiation therapy
  • Genomic tumor testing for precision medicine
  • Immunotherapy
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Intranasal drug delivery
  • Laser-induced thermal therapy (LITT)
  • Robotic neurosurgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Targeted therapy, also called precision medicine
  • TrueBeam® radiotherapy (fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy [FSRT])
  • Tumor treating fields (TTFields) therapy

Leaders in Research and Innovation

The USC Brain Tumor Center is a leading basic, translational and clinical research center for a variety of brain tumors, as well as the development of new surgical approaches and techniques. Our cutting-edge research program, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, includes a wide array of investigator-initiated and national trials. At our laboratories, our researchers are committed to bringing innovative treatments from the lab directly to our patients.

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Clinical Trials

Participating in a clinical trial gives you access to new and promising therapies.

Find an open trial

Donations

Help support vital brain tumor research and innovations in patient care.

Make a gift

Insurance

We accept most insurance plans and work with managed care networks.

Find out more

Expert Treatment for All Types of Brain Tumors

Your care team includes experts from neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, radiation oncology, neuroanesthesiology, neuropathology and neuroendocrinology.

Our experts are leaders in brain tumor research, generating groundbreaking immunotherapies to help your body fight cancer.

We will design a treatment plan customized to your type of tumor and focused on your well-being goals.

Our program navigator provides access to a full range of support services and helps with follow-up care needs.

We offer convenient appointments, where you can meet with your entire care team on the same day, at the same time and location.

Our specialists have trained at the highest level for decades, focusing exclusively on brain tumors to deliver exceptional patient care.

Leading the Way in Brain Tumor Treatment

Our team of dedicated physicians and clinicians collaborates with leading researchers to provide innovative brain tumor care and achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Gabriel Zada, MD

Co-Director, Brain Tumor Center

David Dinh Tran, MD

Co-Director, Brain Tumor Center

Our Team

Frank Attenello, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Brain Tumor

Eric Chang, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology Med ...
Specialties
Radiation Oncology, Pediatric Radiation Oncology, Brain Tumor

Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurological Surgery
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Brain Tumor  View more
Specialties
Neurology, Brain Tumor

Helena Chang Chui, MD

Accepting new patients
Professor of Neurology
Specialties
Neurology, Brain Tumor

Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD

Accepting new patients
Specialties
Brain Tumor, Neurosurgery, Neurological Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology
Specialties
Pathology, Neuropathology, Autopsy Pathology  View more
Specialties
Pathology, Neuropathology, Ophthalmic Pathology  View more
Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology
Specialties
Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Brain Tumor
Specialties
Medical Oncology, Brain Tumor

Jason Ye, MD

Accepting new patients
Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology
Specialties
Radiation Oncology, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer  View more

Gabriel Zada, MD

Accepting new patients
Director, USC Brain Tumor Center
Specialties
Neurosurgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Brain Tumor

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