Brain Tumor Program

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A message from Dr. Jason Heth - I want to introduce the Brain Tumor Program at the University of Michigan. We are a diverse group of special neurosurgeons who excel at tumor neurosurgery. We have outstanding surgeons who work with patients having gliomas, metastatic brain tumors (cancers that start somewhere else in the body and migrate to the brain), pituitary tumors, acoustic schwannomas, meningiomas, and many others.

We work in a very team oriented fashion. We work extremely closely with our colleagues in neuro-oncology and radiation oncology. Our work together lets us bring our expertise to help each person in an individualized way.

We bring many sophisticated tools to treat people with brain tumors. We have an outstanding university, a fantastic hospital, a beautiful safe community, and first rate people in all disciplines. I think what makes us special is the care that we bring to treating patients with brain tumors. We all care very deeply about providing the best care for our patients. We strive to do the best we can, to always improve our practices. We strive to bring all our tools and skills to cure patients where possible but always with the goal of improving quality of life. In situations where tumors may not be curable, we all bring care and compassion to our patients.

I’d like this site to be more than canned information. I will highlight our efforts in our department to help people and their families fight brain tumors. As time goes on, I’ll highlight our team at all levels. Our exciting results. Our research, our partners, and our trainees.

My primary interest is the treatment of people with gliomas and metastatic tumors. Gliomas go by many names that include glioblastoma, GBM, astrocytoma, high grade glioma, oligodendroglioma, ependymoma, and others. The most common metastatic tumors we treat come from breast cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, and renal cell carcinoma. They can come from almost any site though. I understand from personal family experience the fear of having a brain tumor or having a family member with a brain tumor. I like being able to help people in these tough situations. I also enjoy finding ways to improve our treatment of people with brain tumors through research. Our most recent research efforts include a vaccine-based trial to treat GBM and opening a CNS Tumor Tissue Bank. This tumor tissue bank is already helping our laboratory research scientists headed by Xing Fan, M.D., Ph.D. as we try to understand how some kinds of abnormal stem cells can cause brain tumors.

Jason A. Heth, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
Medical Student Clerkship Director

Aditya S. Pandey, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Parag Patil, M.D.

Parag G. Patil, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Associate Professor, Neurology
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Oren Sagher, M.D.

William F. Chandler Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor, Anesthesiology
Steven Sullivan

Stephen E. Sullivan, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor, Otolarynogology
Nicholas Szerlip, M.D.

Nicholas Szerlip, M.D.

Director of Spine Oncology
Clinical Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery

B. Gregory Thompson, M.D.

John E. McGillicuddy Professor of Neurological Surgery
Professor, Otolaryngology
Professor, Radiology

Advanced Practice Professionals

Charlotte Gunden

Charlotte G. Gunden, N.P.

Advanced Practice Nurse, Neurological Surgery
Adjunct Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing
Elizabeth Walkowiak

Elizabeth Walkowiak, N.P.

Advanced Practice Nurse, Neurological Surgery
Adjunct Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing


Maria G. Castro, Ph.D.

R. C. Schneider Collegiate Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
Director, NIH Cancer Biology Training Grant
Steering Committee Member, Woman of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP)
Xing Fan, Ph.D.

Xing Fan, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery
Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology

Brain Tumor Program Coordinator

Kait McMurray

Kait McMurray

Brain Tumor Program Coordinator
Functional Wellness Initiative Clinic, Administrative Coordinator
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead

Taubman Center
Floor 2, Reception G
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: 734-936-7010
Toll Free: 866-909-4449
Fax: 734-647-9233