About MeI am a neurologist, neuro-oncologist, clinical trialist, and educator who specializes in brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve tumors. I am an expert in brain tumor treatment and lead several national, multi-institution clinical trials through large cooperative groups including the Adult Brain Tumor Consortium (ABTC) and Alliance for Clinical Trials in Neuro-Oncology. I also specialize in inherited tumor syndromes. I co-direct the Neurofibromatosis and Tuberous Sclerosis Clinics. My research is advancing the field of neuro-oncology by discovering new treatments, new tools to assess whether treatment is working, and improving the quality of life for patients. As an educator, I am passionate about developing the next generation of healthcare leaders. I am Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education and work with students from high school to college, medical school, residents, and fellows. I am Associate Editor and Section Editor for Medical Education Online and the Resident & Fellow Section of Neurology. I have published >100 articles on these topics, been funded by NIH and other major funders, and collaborate nationally and internationally.
Most importantly, I am dedicated to providing unparalleled care to patients. I care deeply for my patients. I make sure all my patients are given the time they need to address all of their needs. I am passionate about treating the whole patient and family with respect and compassion.
- Discovering new treatments for glioblastoma: I lead national clinical studies of new treatments including first-in-class drugs (NCT03216499), targeted therapies (NCT03796273), dietary treatments (NCT02286167), and immunotherapies (KL2TR001421).
- Personalized treatment for brain tumors: I collaborate with scientists to develop patient-specific tumor organoids that predict why tumors become resistant to treatment and how to personalize therapy (R21CA229027).
- Improving the lives of patients with NF and TSC: I contribute to new approaches for these diseases (PMID31583187).
- Managing neurologic complications of cancer treatment: I lead translational studies to find new biomarkers and novel treatments for chemotherapy-induced neuropathy (R21CA248106).