Brain Tumor Program

The Vanderbilt Pediatric Brain Tumor Program is designed for young patients and their families.

Brain tumors in children are rare. This makes it very important for families to seek care at a place like Children's Hospital. Our dedicated team of pediatric neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and nutritionists are experts in treating brain tumors. 

At Vanderbilt, we are pioneering new techniques in treating brain tumors. We also recognize the long-term complications this disease can have on children and their families. That's why we use a comprehensive approach in our care. Our team includes a wide variety of specialists, including nurse coordinators, social workers, child life specialists, music therapists, school teachers, and psychologists.

The overall goal is for your child to receive care that will result in a return to normal life patterns as soon as possible. We provide ongoing support including follow-up visits with our team. Our hope is to prevent a tumor's return and minimize complications resulting from the tumor and treatment.

Conditions We Treat

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    Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (ATRT)
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    CNS germ cell tumors
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    Craniopharyngiomas
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    Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG)
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    Ependymomas
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    High-grade gliomas
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    Low-grade gliomas
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    Medulloblastoma

Meet Your Care Team

Devang J. Pastakia

Devang J. PastakiaMD

    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
John C. Wellons III
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John C. Wellons IIIMD, MSPH

    Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Robert P. Naftel
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Robert P. NaftelMD

    Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery
Christopher M. Bonfield
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Christopher M. BonfieldMD

    Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Spine

Why Choose the Brain Tumor Program at Children's Hospital

  • Comprehensive care

    We are the only center in Tennessee to offer all subspecialities needed for comprehensive pediatric brain tumor care under one roof.

  • Collaborative care

    Our team meets regularly for a dedicated pediatric neuro-oncology tumor board. We discuss treatment plans for all brain tumor patients and enable referrals for outside institutions.

  • Recognized care

    Our program partners with the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, one of an elite group of National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

  • Partnerships in care

    We are members of Children’s Oncology Group, the primary national consortium for treating pediatric brain tumors. We also belong to Beat Childhood Cancer, Southern Pediatric Neurooncology Consortium, and the NEXT consortium.

  • Recognized care

    U.S. News & World Report has ranked Children's Hospital as one of the best pediatric cancer programs in the nation.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments, and services including:

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    Chemotherapy
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    Immunotherapy
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    Radiation therapy
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    Surgery

Location

2200 Children's Way, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.