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Brain Tumor Program: UCLA Neurosurgery

No. 1 Hospital - Los Angeles Metropolitan Area

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Ranked Best in West for 21st consecutive year in annual survey

Brain Tumor Neurosurgery is performed at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center which in 2011 ranks among the top five American hospitals, according to a U.S. News & World Report survey that reviewed patient-outcomes data, reputation among physicians and other care-related factors.

The medical center also was rated the best hospital in the western United States for the 22nd consecutive year and the No. 1 hospital in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. 

UCLA Neurology and Neurosurgery is consistently ranked as one of the Top programs in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report.

UCLA Brain Tumor Neurosurgery

Surgery is commonly one of the most effective treatments for brain tumors, and UCLA's team of expert neurosurgeons can safely and effectively operate on even the most challenging brain tumors. UCLA Neurosurgery has an expert team specialized in treating all types of brain tumors which assures patients of a neurosurgeon highly specialized in treating their particular condition. Our UCLA Brain Tumor Neurosurgeons can also perform many procedures utilizing the most cutting edge technology, modern advancements, clinical translational research, radiosurgery and the most advanced, safe, and minimally invasive neurosurgery techniques.

UCLA Neurosurgery employs the most advanced technology and advancements such as intraoperative MRI scanners, precision image-guided neuronavigation systems, functional brain imaging and mapping, and "awake" intraoperative functional mapping and microsurgery. In addition, UCLA expert neurosurgeons employ cutting edge minimally invasive neurosurgery including endoscopes, radiosurgery, and transsphenoidal neurosurgery. In fact, our team of experts helped develop and pioneer many of these advanced neurosurgery techniques used to treat brain tumors.

Skull Base Neurosurgery

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Early detection and the right treatments can make all the difference
Bob Gibbs was diagnosed with a potentially fatal brain tumor in 2004. His 13-yr-old son Chris was diagnosed the following year. The most common symptoms associated with brain tumor are headaches, seizures, motor weakness and blurred vision. Early detection and the right treatments can make all the difference.

The UCLA Skull Base Neurosurgery program is specialized with the expertise in neurosurgery for pituitary and skull base tumors. The Benign Skull Base and Pituitary Program has pioneered research and  treatment utilizing the most advanced and highly specialized minimally invasive surgery techniques for pituitary tumors. The UCLA Skull Base neurosurgery program is composed of expert neurosurgeons specializing in the multi-disciplinary treatment of tumors involving the highly delicate skull base anatomy, with particular excellence and skill in neurosurgery for meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, and other skull base tumors. Our team of Neurosurgery Skull Base experts utilize the most modern advanced and modern techniques involving microsurgery, radiosurgery, and minimally invasive approaches to provide the most effective and safe care possible to provide the best outcomes and quality of life for our patients with skull base tumors.

UCLA Acoustic Neuroma Program bring together surgical experts from Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and Radiation Oncology, who are devoted to compassionate and effective care for patients with acoustic neuromas and hearing loss. This innovative multi-disciplinary team focuses on patient centered care and aims to translate the most current scientific research into providing more effective and safe care to patients with acoustic neuromas.

The UCLA Brain Tumor center of excellence delivers a patient centered approach to brain tumor treatment, with the patient and the patient's family at the center of all treatment related decisions and care. We diagnose and compassionately treat each brain tumor patient with the multidisciplinary specialists that provides highly individualized expert care that is unique to each patient and patient family.

Brain Tumor Research

Brain Tumor Vaccine

Dr. Linda Liau has created a brain tumor vaccine to protect her brain cancer patients.

Dr. Linda Liau has created a brain tumor vaccine to protect her brain cancer patients. View Webcast

The Neurosurgery Brain Research Laboratory pioneers vaccine therapies for intracranial gliomas.

View a list of Brain Tumor Clinical Trials >> 

We have close collaboration with the UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program, which offers multiple glioma chemotherapy trials. We also offer special accommodations for international patients.

View the UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program Website >>

UCLA is ranked as one of the Top 10 in the United States

The U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals rankings cover 170 hospitals in 16 adult specialties. 50 children's hospitals are covered, using a new and enhanced methodology, in general pediatrics and 6 pediatric specialties. UCLA is ranked as one of the Top 10 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.
Read full article about The U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals rankings >>

Brain Tumor Vaccine

Courtesy of CBS2: Brain Tumor Breakthrough - Dr. Linda Liau has created a brain tumor vaccine to protect her brain cancer patients.

Pituitary Skullbase Tumor Program

UCLA Pituitary and Skullbase Tumor Program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of several hundred patients annually with pituitary tumors, skull base tumors and related disorders.
Read about the UCLA Pituitary and Skullbase Tumor Program program >>

Brain Cancer Treatment

At UCLA we offer comprehensive treatment of all brain tumor types including benign, malignant primary tumors, gliomas, meningiomas, and metastatic. Our highly trained physician specialists and nurses evaluate more than 500 patients each year and UCLA Neurosurgeons use advanced technology and imaging to perform the safest, most effective brain surgery. Neurosurgeons at UCLA treat patients whose age ranges from older children to adults. Infants and young children are treated by Pediatric neurosurgeons in our Pediatric Neurosurgery Program.
Read more about our Pediatric Neurosurgery Program >>

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Program Overview Points

  • Minimally Invasive Brain Tumor Surgery
    • Neurosurgeons at UCLA use the least invasive surgical procedure to achieve the best result.
    • Endoscopic procedures often can be performed through a small "bur" hole in the skull.
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
    • Bloodless, noninvasive treatments are performed using the Novalis stereotactic radiosurgery unit.
  • Advanced Brain Mapping for Surgery
    • We use the complementary information obtained from positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, functional MRI brain mapping and spectroscopic MRI imaging.
    • Deep experience with awake surgery for removal of high risk brain tumors.

Fundraisers for Research in Brain Cancer

The Heroes of Hope race is a 5k/10k Fundraiser
Hosted by the Brad Kaminsky Foundation to benefit Brain Tumor Research at UCLA.
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