Healthcare Services and Programs

We hope our patients take comfort in knowing OhioHealth neurologists and neuro-surgeons are leaders in central Ohio. They are recognized nationally when it comes to experience with diagnosing and treating brain and spine tumors.

When patients enter OhioHealth neuro-oncology, we take the time to fully explain the scope and pathology of their disease, as well as provide a roadmap for the multidisciplinary care they'll receive from our specialists.

From the beginning, patients are introduced to our dedicated patient navigator who provides personalized assistance to help them and their families navigate appointments, as well as cope with the many tasks, decisions and emotions that come with diagnosis and treatment of brain and spine tumors.

We work closely with the family and loved ones of our patients, recognizing those who see the patient on a daily basis are our best source of information for small changes that might indicate neurologic deficits.

Managing neurologic deficits is a critical component of successful treatment for brain and spine tumors, so patients can live their lives as fully as possible. It's part of our treatment and care ‒ addressing the whole patient, and helping our patients maintain their quality of life.

An OhioHealth First: Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Brain Tumors 

OhioHealth was the first in central Ohio to use the TomoTherapy® System and Trilogy Sterotactic System in the treatment of cancerous brain tumors.

The TomoTherapy® System technology enables physicians to precisely target brain tumors, while reducing radiation exposure to surrounding normal tissue.

The Trilogy Stereotactic System combines brain tumor imaging and treatment technologies, enabling the physician to deliver the widest range of external beam radiotherapies. External beam radiotherapies include:

  • 3-D conformal radiotherapy
  • IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy)
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy

Awake Craniotomy 

OhioHealth is advancing the treatment of brain tumors and lesions located in or very close to parts of the brain that control important functions with awake craniotomy. The awake craniotomy procedure, which requires the presence of a neurologist and uses leading-edge brain mapping technology called Functional MRI (fMRI) allows neurosurgeons to more completely resect a tumor by identifying responses or loss of neurologic function while the patient is awake.

Our Surgical Expertise in Spinal Tumors 

OhioHealth neuro-oncology excels in surgical treatment of cancerous tumors that arise in or invade the spinal column, spinal cord or peripheral nerves.

Surgery may figure into a treatment plan to remove the tumor, reduce pain, re-stabilize the spine and/or improve quality of life by managing or preventing neurologic deficits.

Spinal procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Surgical treatment of benign and malignant spine tumors
  • Spinal stabilization for metastatic spine tumors to preserve neural function and improve quality of life
  • Minimally invasive procedures, such as retropleural thoracotomy, kyphoplasty and verteroplasty, to treat pain associated with pathologically collapsed vertebrae
  • Multilevel anterior and/or posterior spinal tumor resection with spinal reconstruction