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Pediatric Brain Tumor Program

Akron Children's Hospital' Brain Tumor Program ranks among one of the best children's hospitals in the country in pediatric cancer, according to U.S. News & World Report. As one of the most common types of childhood cancer, we have a specialized program to treat brain and spinal cord tumors in infants, children and teens.

Specialized care

We offer the most advanced diagnostics and treatment for all types of brain and spinal cord tumors in infants, children and teens. Our neuroradiology team is specially trained in diagnosing brain and spinal cord tumors using neuro MRI and CT scans, as well as functional MRI, a non-invasive technique for measuring and mapping brain function.

Treatment may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

We also offer personalized therapies for certain brain tumors through our Shannon E. Wilkes Targeted Therapy Program. This form of medicine uses information about a patient's genes and proteins to identify drugs or other treatments that block the growth and spread of cancer.

A team approach

We develop individualized treatment plans to meet each child's unique medical and support needs. We also bring together a variety of disciplines − such as neurology, neurosurgery, endocrinology, physical and rehabilitation medicine, neuropsychology, ophthalmology and palliative care − to address the short- and long-term effects of central nervous system tumors and their treatment. 

These may include:

  • Delayed or early puberty
  • Diabetes
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Growth delays
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Speech, vision and hearing difficulties

Advancing cures

Brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers in children (after leukemia). They account for about 1 out of 4 childhood cancers. 

We actively participate in national clinical trials for childhood cancer and blood disorders, and explore the causes and treatment of these diseases through our basic science research program.

As a member of Children’s Oncology Group (COG), we participate in the development of National Cancer Institute-approved treatment protocols and offer the most up-to-date cancer therapies. Our program is one of only about a dozen pediatric cancer programs in the country verified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

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Cancer and Blood Disorders
Akron Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders
214 West Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3220
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Cancer and Blood Disorders, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, Boardman
Building A
6505 Market Street
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-746-9523
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Our Doctors/Providers


Tsulee Chen, MD

Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery; Pediatric Neurosurgeon


Bruce H. Cohen, MD, FAAN

Director, NeuroDevelopmental Science Center; Interim Vice President and Medical Director, Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute; Pediatric Neurologist


Laura Gerak, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist


Gwyneth Hughes, MD

Pediatric Neurosurgeon


Kimberly Martin, MD

Interim Medical Director, Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology; Pediatric Endocrinologist


Erica Montague Krapf, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Kathryn Mosher, MD

Pediatric Physiatrist; Director, Neuromuscular Clinic

Sarah Rush, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer; Director, Neuro-Oncology; Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist; Marci M. Matthews Endowed Chair in Telehealth


Lisa D. Stanford, PhD, ABPP

Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health; Neuropsychology Clinical Training Program; Pediatric Neuropsychologist


Erin Wright, MD

Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist; Director, Shannon E. Wilkes Targeted Therapy Program; Co-Director, Neurofibromatosis Clinic

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Alexis Judd, PA-C

Physician Assistant


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

brain tumor, spinal cord tumor, cancer