Brain Tumors

child's brain tumorChildren’s of Alabama Pediatric Neurosurgery service has the largest pediatric brain tumor experience in Alabama and one of the largest experiences in the Southeast. Our surgeons have extensive experience in providing operative care for all types of pediatric brain tumors and have excellent success and outcomes consistent with our standing as a leading center in pediatric neurosurgery. Our operative suites within the new Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children are equipped with the finest surgical equipment including Zeiss microscopes, Stealth and Brain Lab frameless navigation, flexible and rigid endoscopy, ultrasonic aspirators, microsurgical instruments, NICO endoscopic aspirators and Yag and CO2 lasers. Every room has high resolution digital screens to enable visualization of MRIs, radiographs or the operative field under the microscope. Furthermore our whole OR team is committed solely to the neurosurgical care for children and providing the very best and safest care for children in our care.

brain tumor in childUAB/COA pediatric neurosurgeons work extensively with colleagues in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and Radiation Therapy to enroll patients in clinical studies and trials coordinated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). This assures that our patients have the latest and best available treatments. For some trials we have enrolled more patients than any other center in North America. We emphasize cooperative multi-disciplinary team based care that utilizes both medical and surgical tools and options to optimize the care of every child we see with a brain tumor. Many of our team members have written extensively in the peer reviewed medical literature about pediatric brain tumors and are frequently invited to national meetings and other centers of excellence to speak about the treatment of pediatric brain tumors.

Sub-specialty interest
Jeffrey Blount, MD
Curtis Rozzelle, MD
James Johnston, MD
Brandon Rocque, MD

Links
National Institutes of Health/Brain Tumors
UAB Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
UAB Radiation Oncology
UAB Pediatric Pathology/ Neuropathology

Publications

Bauer DF, Waters AM, Tubbs RS, Rozzelle CJ, Wellons JC 3rd, Blount JP, Oakes Bauer DF, Waters AM, Tubbs RS, Rozzelle CJ, Wellons JC 3rd, Blount JP, Oakes WJ. Safety and utility of scheduled nonnarcotic analgesic medications in children undergoing craniotomy for brain tumor. Neurosurgery. 2010 Aug;67(2):353-5; discussion 355-6.

Igboechi C, Vaddiparti A, Sorenson EP, Rozzelle CJ, Tubbs RS, Loukas M. Tectal plate gliomas: a review. Childs Nerv Syst. 2013 Oct;29(10):1827-33.

Naftel RP, Shannon CN, Reed GT, Martin R, Blount JP, Tubbs RS, Wellons JC
3rd. Small-ventricle neuroendoscopy for pediatric brain tumor management. J
Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011 Jan;7(1):104-10. WJ. Safety and utility of scheduled nonnarcotic analgesic medications in children undergoing craniotomy for brain tumor. Neurosurgery. 2010 Aug;67(2):353-5; discussion 355-6.