Our Approach

Our interdisciplinary team of specialists focuses all of their diagnosis and treatment skills on our patients. A team of experts dedicated to caring for patients with brain tumors, including specialized brain tumor surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, medical neuro-oncologists, neuropathologists and other specialists meets weekly to arrive at the most advanced and appropriate treatment plan for each individual. Yale is one of the few centers capable of offering even more personalized and precise oncologic care, when appropriate, based on the genetic make-up of the individual’s tumor.

Our state-of-the-art neurosurgical operating rooms in Smilow Cancer Hospital are the only facility in the region to offer intraoperative MRI, intraoperative angiography, stereotactic surgical guidance and operative brain mapping to precisely pinpoint brain tumors during surgery.

These technologies combined with the surgical expertise of physicians specialized in performing brain tumor surgery provide the best in surgical care for patients. Because of Yale's research mission, our practitioners are well acquainted with the most advanced treatment methods and access to clinical trials. Patients also benefit from the specialized resources at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital, such as an advanced neurological intensive care unit (NICU) with a dedicated ICU team, as well as the latest imaging technologies.

Calls from referring physicians, patients or their families are handled by experienced clinical care coordinators. These coordinators ensure that appropriate appointments are made quickly, with new patients with brain tumors being seen in the neurosurgical oncology clinic of the Smilow Cancer Hospital within a few days. The care coordinators also serve as the patient's liaison with the various medical specialists who are involved in each treatment plan.