Sarah Rush, MD

Sarah Rush, MD

Director, Neuro-Oncology
Director, New Agent and Targeted Therapy Program

Cancer and Blood Disorders
Brain Tumor Clinic

U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals - Cancer 2013-2014


Akron Children's Hospital
Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders
214 W. Bowery Street
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8580
Fax: 330-543-3220
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Other Locations:
Cancer & Blood Disorders - Boardman

Medical School

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH


Pediatrics, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Pediatric Neuro/Oncology, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics


American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Clinical Interests

Pediatric brain tumors and neurocutaneous disorders


Barton VN, Donson AM, Birks DK, Kleinschmidt-Demasters BK, Handler MH, Foreman NK, Rush SZ. Insulin-like growth factor 2 mRNA binding protein 3 expression is an independent prognostic factor in pediatric pilocytic and pilomyxoid astrocytoma. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2013 May;72(5):442-9. doi: 10.1097/NEN.0b013e31829023dd.

Sarah Rush, Nicholas Foreman, and Arthur Liu. Brainstem Ganglioglioma Successfully Treated With Vemurafenib. J Clin Oncol, Jan 28, 2013 (eprint)
Rush S. Pediatric Brainstem Gangliogliomas Show PNOC Mutation in a High Percentage of Cases. Brain Pathology.

Madden JR, Rush SZ, Stence N, Foreman NK, Liu AK. Radiation Induced GBM in pediatric patients with Neurofibromatosis: Reports on two cases and summary of the literature. Submitted Pediatric Blood and Cancer.

Chan M, Kleinschmidt-Demasters BK, Donson A, Bemis L, Birks D, Foreman N, Rush S. Pediatric brainstem gangliogliomas show BRAF V600E mutation in a high percentage of cases and overexpression of neuropeptide prepronociceptin (PNOC) by microarray and immunohistochemistry. Submitted

Xu BJ, An Q, Gowda SS, Yan W, Pierce LA, Abel TW, Rush SZ, Cooper MK, Ye F, Shyr Y, Weaver KD, Thompson RC. Identification of blood protein biomarkers that aid in the clinical assessment of patients with malignant glioma. International Journal of Oncology. Epub Feb 3, 2012.

Rush SZ, Abel TW, Valadez JG, Pearson M, Cooper MK. Activation of the Hedgehog Pathway in Pilocytic Astrocytomas. Neuro-Oncology Aug 12(8):790-8, 2010.

Sarangi, A, Valadez JG, Rush SZ, Abel TW, Thompson RC, Cooper MK. Target Inhibition of the Hedgehog Pathway in Established Malignant Glioma Xenografts Enhances Survival. Oncogene 28(39):3468-76, 2009

Zieber SR, Friebert S. Pediatric Cancer Care: Special Issues in Ethical Decision Making. Cancer Treat Res. 140: 93-118, 2008.

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