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Cancer Center | Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Neuro-Oncology Program

Treatment of Brain Tumors in Children

The prognosis and survival for children with brain tumors has improved significantly in the last decade. It is now possible to successfully treat a majority of children with such tumors. The Neuro-Oncology Program incorporates a multidisciplinary team who contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of benign or malignant brain tumors.

The Cancer Center works closely with the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Brain Institute to provide the highest quality of care for children with brain tumors. Following appropriate surgical treatment by the world-renowned neurosurgery team, treatment with chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be required.

The neuro oncology team, led by Dr. Ziad Khatib, provides state-of-the-art treatment for all newly diagnosed and recurrent brain tumors. Novel treatments include chemotherapy for young children to avoid or delay radiation's side effects, stem cell transplantation with high dose chemotherapy and antiangiogenesis therapy to cut the blood supply to growing tumors.

We offer personalized molecular genomic testing of tumors and are involved with novel tumor vaccine trials.

Neuro Oncologist:

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Ziad A. Khatib, MD

Department of Hematology/Oncology



Enrique Escalon, MD
Athena Chr.-Pefkarou, MD
Guillermo De Angulo, MD
Maggie C. Fader, MD
Alejandro Levy, MD
Haneen Abdella, MD



Nolan Altman, MD
Martha Ballesteros, MD
Santiago Medina, MD
Esperanza Pacheco, MD
Luisa Cervantes, MD



John Ragheb, MD
Sanjiv Bhatia, MD
Toba Niazi, MD


Nurse Liaisons:

Lauren Uscinski, ARNP (
Ana Diaz, ARNP
Anne McNeil 



Joseph Panoff, MD


Luis Gonzalez-Mendoza, MD
Adriana Carrillo, MD
Alejandro Diaz, MD

Social Workers:

Evelyn Gonzalez

Child Life Specialists:

Lisa Kimball
Justine Marty

Neuro Psychologist:

Gustavo Ray, PhD.

Stem Cell Transplant:

Linda Oher, ARNP
Martin Andreansky, MD
Kamar Godder, MD
Vicki Angulo-Vazquez, ARNP
Jennifer Reichbach Douglas, ARNP


Jennifer Caceres


Claudia Vargas – Neurosurgery
Nicole Gonzalez – Oncology

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