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Brain Tumor Program

The Brain Tumor Program at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center

A brain or spine tumor diagnosis can be one of life's most difficult challenges. The neuro-oncology specialists in the Brain Tumor Program support patients and their families from diagnosis and treatment through recovery. This specialized program offers a multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon the Center’s existing resources of highly trained clinicians and advanced technology and delivering compassionate care. Dr. Vitaly Siomin leads our Brain Tumor Program as medical director. Craniotomy01-cropped.jpg

Diagnosis is a critical first step to recovery. Our diagnostic services department is staffed with neuroradiology specialists around-the-clock. They perform comprehensive examinations to diagnose brain tumors and the department is equipped with the most current imaging technology, including:

  • Intraoperative MRI​​
  • State-of-the-art PET and multi-slice CT imaging
  • Multiple MRI suites with 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla technology
  • Functional MRI (fMRI) presurgical planning to promote safety and better outcomes


    • These multi-modality imaging technologies, combined with our neuro-oncology and neuro-anesthesia expertise allows Baptist Health Neuroscience Center to offer patients a range of sophisticated treatments.


      Treatment Services

    • Awake craniotomy, brain surgery on a patient who is awake, is performed with brain stimulation and mapping.  Patients are able to report sensations in response to stimulation of specific brain areas, making it possible for neurosurgeons to aggressively remove tumors from delicate areas, such as ones that control speech, comprehension and movement.
    • A full spectrum of endoscopic and open skull base procedures is available. Patients who undergo a skull base procedure to treat complex lesions benefit from the combined expertise of neurosurgeons, otolaryngologists and plastic surgeons.
    • A neuro-navigational system to integrate CT and MRI images for a precise, less invasive approach to complicated brain procedures.
    • Spinal tumor procedures range from minimally invasive kyphoplasty in pathological vertebral compression fractures to more complex "separation surgeries" (when the spinal cord is circumferentially decompressed and the spinal column is stabilized with instrumentation). Neurosurgeons also work with thoracic and vascular surgeons to remove large masses involving the vertebrae and chest wall.
    • Intra-operative neurophysiologic monitoring to preserve vital brain function—our Center has the region’s largest number of certified intra-operative technicians.
    • Gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery—a non-surgical approach to treat cancerous and non-cancerous brain tumors, vascular brain malformations and trigeminal neuralgia.
    • Cyberknife radiosurgery uses 3-D cyberknife robotic technology to pinpoint treatment of brain tumors and minimize damage to healthy tissue.
    • MR spectroscopy uses a noninvasive chemical analysis of normal and abnormal areas to measure a patient’s brain chemistry. This allows physicians to distinguish malignant from non-malignant tumors.
    • PET/CT imaging in one machine for fast, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment planning.
    • As part of the program’s multidisciplinary approach to treating patients with brain and spine tumors, a Tumor Board (a panel of specialists that includes surgeons, oncologists, pathologists and radiologists) reviews tumor cases regularly and customizes treatment recommendations.

      For more information about the Brain Tumor Program, please call 786-596-1960.​