Doctors Who Treat DIPG

A child diagnosed with DIPG should be treated by an interdisciplinary team that includes pediatric neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, physical therapists, and other specialists with advanced training and extensive experience in brain tumors in children. Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Neurosurgery offers the services of some of the top surgeons in the field as well as access to a full range of specialists in all the disciplines that a young patient may need.

Mark Souweidane, M.D., vice chair of Weill Cornell Medicine Neurological Surgery and director of pediatric neurosurgery, is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of pediatric brain tumors, including surgical management of childhood brain tumors. He has been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, and is regularly included on lists of the nation’s Best Doctors and Super Doctors. A pioneer in minimally invasive neurosurgery, Dr. Souweidane has specialized endoscopic surgical skills that attract patients from around the world that benefit from his talents, as well as practitioners from around the world to study with him. An expert on DIPG and other brainstem gliomas, Dr. Souweidane has authored several reviews and book chapters on these tumors. (Read more about Dr. Souweidane.)

Jeffrey Greenfield, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and a pediatric neurosurgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Greenfield, whose laboratory research includes the Children’s Brain Tumor Project, specializes in minimally invasive (endoscopic) pediatric neurosurgery as well as in advanced surgery for brain tumors. (Read more about Dr. Greenfield.)

Caitlin Hoffman, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in pediatric neurosurgery as well as in adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery. She has completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery and has performed extensive research on the molecular mechanisms of progression of brain tumors, specifically medulloblastoma. Dr. Hoffman’s clinical research includes venous anomalies in craniosynostosis, early surgical treatment for Rasmussen’s encephalitis, minimally invasive methods of treating hydrocephalus and intracranial cysts, and the characteristics and safety of invasive monitoring for pediatric neurovascular disorders such as AVM. (Read more about Dr. Hoffman)



Our Care Team

  • Vice Chair, Neurological Surgery
  • Director, Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Phone: 212-746-2363
  • Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
  • Professor of Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Associate Residency Director
Phone: 212-746-2363
  • Victor and Tara Menezes Clinical Scholar in Neuroscience
  • Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics
Phone: 212-746-2363

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