Enhancing Brain Tumor Education and Research in Order to Improve Treatments, Cures and Quality of Survival

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Learning that your child has a brain or spinal cord tumor can be overwhelming for everyone in your family. When you turn to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to treat your child’s tumor, our highly experienced and internationally recognized team of pediatric neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists will care for your child by providing the most advanced and innovative treatments, while at the same time, paying careful attention to all the needs and concerns of your child and family. 

Led by Maryam Fouladi, MD, Nationwide Children’s Neuro-Oncology Program is an international destination for pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients with malignant brain and spinal cord tumors. Dr. Fouladi’s innovative approaches all share the same goals and passion;  enhancing brain tumor education and research in order to improve treatments, cures and quality of survival for your child. 


Nationwide Children's is focused on: 

  • Prevention/Early Diagnosis of Childhood Brain Cancer: Nationwide Children’s and The Ohio State University have established the first Predisposition to Brain Cancer Family-Centered Clinic for the most at-risk families. This unique collaboration will focus on new approaches to brain tumor screening, diagnosis and treatment. In addition-an Ohio-wide program aimed at shortening the time from symptom onset to diagnosis of childhood brain and spinal cord cancer is being developed. 
  • Development of New Treatment Programs (Clinical Trials): The first ever prospective clinical trial for adolescents and adults with newly-diagnosed medulloblastoma, is being started at Nationwide Children’s in conjunction with The Ohio State University and many other centers throughout North America. In addition, our Clinical Trials office is directing the fourth “Head Start” Consortium clinical trial (HS-4), the latest of three trials led by Dr. Finlay with more than 40 centers participating from around the world. These trials are improving survival and quality of life for the youngest children with malignant brain tumors. Dr. Finlay is also co-principal investigator in a series of limited-institution innovative trials using cellular therapies to treat recurrent medulloblastoma and malignant gliomas, as well as newly-diagnosed gliomas of childhood.
  • Collaboration: Through the Ohio State Governor’s Collaborative, Dr. Finley is working to start Early Phase Clinical Trials in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology centers throughout the state. Dr. Finlay’s active clinical trials for patients with recurrent germ cell tumors of the brain is the first such trial to be approved by the Ohio Clinical Trials Collaborative. 
  • Education: Nationwide Children’s has established a one year Pediatric Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship training program, to train the next generation of leaders in the management of childhood brain and spinal cord cancer. In addition, Nationwide Children's has developed the first Global Outreach Program in pediatric Neuro-Oncology focused upon improving the outcome for children with brain cancer in the low-middle income developing countries of Central and South America. This program includes weekly multi-national teleconferencing with discussion and guidance in management of real time children with brain cancer in these countries, as well as training fellowships for pertinent specialist physicians and nurses at Nationwide Children's.

Programs & Clinics


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Cancer Clinical Research

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Neuro-Oncology Comprehensive Clinic

Focusing on the needs of children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer of the central nervous system.

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Psychosocial Services

As an integral part of the care team, the Psychosocial Services Program is one of the most comprehensive in the country. We ensure patients and their families have every resource needed socially, emotionally and psychologically.

The Neuro-Oncology Program is led by: 

Maryam Fouladi

Maryam Fouladi

Maryam Fouladi, MD, MSc, FRCP, is a pediatric neuro-oncologist, co-executive director of the pediatric neuro-oncology program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and a professor of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Jeffrey R. Leonard

Jeffrey R. Leonard, MD is the Chief of Neurosurgery and the Surgical Director of the Neuro-Oncology Program. 

Agustin's Story

Agustin is from Uruguay and was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer called Ependymoma when he was eight years old.

Contact Us or Refer a Patient

Our physicians in the Neuro/Oncology Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are experts in the management of pediatric brain tumors in children and young adults. We offer face-to-face new patient visits with a physical examination and review of medical information as well as a remote consultation and second opinion service to physicians, patients and families throughout the world by reviewing medical records, MRI imaging and pathology to confirm diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations. Please contact us for more information.

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