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Advanced, compassionate care for brain cancer
At North Shore University Hospital, we provide comprehensive care for people with primary and metastatic brain tumors. Our experts work collaboratively to develop a treatment plan that's optimal for each patient's condition and needs.

Working together for the best result

Our multidisciplinary team includes fellowship-trained, board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, neuro-oncologists and radiation oncologists, as well as nurse practitioners and social workers. Additionally, we collaborate with specialists throughout Northwell Health to provide personalized, evidence-based treatment to every patient.

Our tumor boards, composed of internationally recognized specialists, meet weekly to review cases. Through this focused, team-based approach, we determine the most favorable treatment for each patient, which can include surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and hormone therapy, along with targeted therapies that home in on specific weaknesses of an individual’s cancer. Patients can also participate in clinical trials through our relationship with the Monter Cancer Center, part of Northwell’s Cancer Institute.

Our team specializes in treating all types of brain tumors, including:

  • Brainstem glioma
  • Ependymoma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Meningioma
  • Mixed oligoastrocytoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pilocytic astrocytoma

We also treat all types of brain metastases, including metastatic brain tumors arising from breast, lung, prostate or colon cancer, or melanoma.

Treatments we offer

We deploy the latest technologies in the surgical management of brain tumors. The use of neuronavigational tools during surgery, including intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI), provides our surgeons with a highly accurate, up-to-the-instant view of the surgical field, allowing for smaller incisions and reducing patient risk. We pioneered the use of 5-ALA fluorescence on Long Island, permitting surgeons to more safely remove the greatest possible amount of tumor. Our team was also the first on Long Island to use the Gamma Knife Icon, which allows extremely accurate, nonsurgical treatment of malignant and benign tumors of the brain. This device uses high doses of precisely targeted radiation to maximize effectiveness while minimizing damage to healthy tissue.

A commitment to research and training

We are dedicated to advancing the field by engaging in research to develop new therapeutic approaches and by nurturing the next generation of specialists. Our research arm at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, the Laboratory for Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy, draws experts from multiple disciplines to participate in studies on brain and spinal cord tumors. Our specialists take part in numerous clinical trials, helping to develop effective new treatments for brain tumors. And our multidisciplinary team provides guidance, feedback and training for the next generation of physicians who treat brain tumors. 

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David Jeffrey Chalif, MD

Chief of Division of Neurosurgery, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Amir R. Dehdashti, MD

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Alexis Matthew Demopoulos, MD

Specialties: Neurooncology, Neurology

Deborah Beth Gruber, MD

Specialties: Neurology, Neurooncology

Elizabeth Jane Fontana, MD

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Ahmad Latefi, DO

Director - Spinal Neurosurgery of Neurosurgery - General Neurosurgery, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

Michael Schulder, MD

Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Vice Chairman of Neurosurgery, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Neurological Surgery

David Barrett Weintraub, MD

Specialties: Neurological Surgery
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