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Brain Tumor Center

Overview

Working together to turn brain tumor patients into survivors

The Tufts Medical Center team of doctors and nurses diagnose and treat all types of brain tumors using the most advanced techniques — from computer-assisted neuro-navigation to Gamma Knife radiosurgery — to improve the chances of a successful recovery.

A founding member of the Brain Tumor Investigator Consortium, we take part in many clinical trials to study the absolute latest treatments before they're widely available, helping get them in the hands of those who need them most.

Meet our expert surgeons

Great teams need great leaders. Our neuro-oncology team has some of the country's best. Carl Heilman, MD and Julian Wu, MD are both ranked among the top 1% of neurosurgeons in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. They both have been actively treating brain tumor patients for 20 years. 

Dr. Heilman has served as the President of the North American Skull Base Society, the New England Neurological Society, the Boston Society of Neurology and Psychiatry, and the Society of University Neurosurgeons. In addition, both Dr. Heilman and Dr. Wu are professors at Tufts University School of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medical schools in the United States.

Surgery or medicine…or both?

Treating brain tumors is complex medicine, and every patient and every tumor needs a different approach. Our team works closely with one another, with your primary physician and — most importantly — with you and those close to you to create a unique treatment plan.

We are able to create these unique treatment plans with the most innovative techniques available. For example, the brain tumor team at Tufts MC pioneered a progressive therapeutic approach for treating brain cancer: following traditional brain surgery with Gamma Knife treatment can reduce the reoccurrence of tumors from about 50 to 15 percent or less — without the troubling side effects of whole-brain radiation. We have the only Gamma Knife unit in Massachusetts and Northern New England, which lets us perform this "brain surgery without the knife" using extremely accurate beams of radiation. 

While surgery is the most common treatment for brain tumors, your specific plan may include a combination of radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. No matter which treatment techniques we use, you can be sure our doctors only have your best interests and your best chance of recovery in mind at all times.

What does all this mean for you?

It means that from the first time you step foot in our Cancer Center, you'll be guided by a team of the world's top experts, working side by side to give you the best care possible. Your doctors will know more than just your diagnosis — they'll know your name, your family, your specific treatment needs and just about everything else that makes you unique.

It also means you'll have access to the most promising techniques, technologies and medications available. And it means our only goal is giving you the best possible chance of recovery, with the least possible chance of side effects and complications.

Doctors + Care Team

Carl B. Heilman, MD

Carl B. Heilman, MD

Title(s): Neurosurgeon-in-Chief; Chairman of Neurosurgery; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5860
Fax #: 617-636-7587

Meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, Chiari surgery

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Suriya Jeyapalan, MD, MPH

Suriya Jeyapalan, MD, MPH

Title(s): Neuro-Oncologist
Department(s): Neurology; Cancer Center
Appt. Phone:
Neurology: 617-636-5848
Hematology/Oncology: 617-636-6227
Fax #: 617-636-8199

Neuro-oncology, brain tumors, neurologic metastases

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James Kryzanski, MD

James Kryzanski, MD

Title(s): Chief, Division of Epilepsy Surgery; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8585
Fax #: 617-636-7587

Epilepsy neurosurgery, skull base surgery, pituitary surgery, neurovascular surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, neurosurgical disorders in patients with achondroplasia, neurosurgical disorders in patients with Down syndrome

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Nadine Linendoll, PhD, MDiv, GNP

Nadine Linendoll, PhD, MDiv, GNP

Title(s): Nurse Practitioner; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2694
Fax #: 617-636-8538

Neuro-oncology, palliative care

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John E. Mignano, MD, PhD

John E. Mignano, MD, PhD

Title(s): Radiation Oncologist; Clinic Director; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Radiation Oncology, Pediatric Radiation Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6161
Fax #: 617-636-4513

Oncologic consultation for general radiotherapy and Gamma Knife, pediatric radiation oncology

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Julian K. Wu, MD

Julian K. Wu, MD

Title(s): Associate Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery; Chief, Division of Neurosurgical Oncology; Neurosurgery Residency Program Director; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Neurosurgery
Appt. Phone: 617-636-4500
Fax #: 617-636-7587

Neuro-oncology, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, gliomas, brain metastasis, trigeminal neuralgia

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Carl Heilman, MD on tuftsmedcalcenter.tv video.

Advanced brain tumor treatments

Carl Heilman, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery describes the symptoms of brain tumors and how we treat them.

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