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






  • Matthew Hall, MD
  • Minesh Mehta, MD


Stem Cell Transplant:

  • Kamar Godder, MD
  • Jorge Ricardo Galvez-Silva, MD
  • Jennifer Prieto, ARNP

Neuro Psychologists:


Nurse Liaisons:

  • Lillian Rimblas, RN - Oncology Nurse Navigator
  • Kristen Mendez, ARNP - Survivorship Program Manager
  • Ana Diaz, ARNP
  • Ann McNeil , RN
  • Myrna Colón, RN
  • Patricia Tavio, ARNP

Social Workers:

  • Nancy Mendoza
  • Stephanie McGuinness

Child Life Specialists:

  • Elizabeth Fitzgibbons, CCLS

Music Therapy:

  • Evelyn Laguardia


  • Jennifer Caceres, MS, RDN, LDN


  • Mikaelle Cazeau – Neuro-Oncology 
  • Claudia Vargas – Neuro-Oncology
  • Natalie Rodriguez – Neurosurgery
  • Raisa Gomez – Stem Cell Transplant
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Lacy's Success Story
At only 2 years old, Lacy needed to have a tumor removed from her brain; she also went through six months of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. Today, Lacy is cancer free and going to different therapies to continue getting stronger every day.

Designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Transplants


Recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer


Accredited by the Foundation for the Accrediation of Cellular Therapies (FACT)