Pediatric Brain Tumor Doctors & Experts


Our Pediatric Brain Tumor Service works across disciplines to provide comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and young adults with brain or central nervous system tumors. We know you probably have a lot of questions about what to do now. Our neurosurgeons offer same-day phone consultations. Call us at 833-MSK-KIDS and we’ll help you with your next steps.

Our doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other specialists work together to maximize your child’s chance of a cure. Children see the same team of experts during their entire tumor treatment process. We personalize this integrated care to each child and family that we meet.

As active members of the treatment team, nurse practitioners and nurses play an essential role in caring for children and young adults. Nurses bring great knowledge, experience, and expertise to patient care, and will help you and your child through your inpatient or outpatient experience at MSK Kids.

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Our social workers stay in close contact with families to meet any practical and psychosocial needs. Social workers provide counseling, information, and assistance throughout the course of treatment, and can direct you to additional resources. Our child life specialists, teachers, patient and program coordinators, and session and physician-office assistants also work together to help your child and family in the hospital and at home during treatment periods.

Find more information about our experts below. To make an appointment, give us a call at 833-MSK-KIDS.

Nurse Practitioners
Debbie Diotallevi
Debbie Diotallevi
Maria Donzelli
Maria Donzelli

Nurse Practitioner

Pictured: Mariel Marrano
Mariel Marrano

Nurse Practitioner

Lauren Martino
Lauren Martino

Nurse Practitioner

Pictured: Elaine Pottenger
Elaine Pottenger
Pediatric Oncology/Neuro-Oncology
Matthias A.  Karajannis, MD, MS
Matthias A. Karajannis

Chief, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Service

Ira J. Dunkel, MD
Ira J. Dunkel
Stephen W. Gilheeney, MD, MMS
Stephen W. Gilheeney

Program Director, Pediatric Neuro-oncology Fellowship

Kim Kramer, MD
Kim Kramer
Pediatric Neurology/Neuro-Oncology
Yasmin Khakoo, MD
Yasmin Khakoo

Director, Child Neurology Program

Praveen Raju, MD, PhD
Praveen Raju
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Pediatric Ophthalmology
David H. Abramson, MD -- Chief, Ophthalmic Oncology Service, Department of Surgery
David H. Abramson

Chief, Ophthalmic Oncology Service, Department of Surgery

Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Research Nurses
Pediatric Radiation Oncology
Pictured: Suzanne Wolden
Suzanne L. Wolden

Director, Pediatric Radiation Oncology

Pediatric Neuroradiology
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Julia A. Kearney, MD
Julia A. Kearney
Memorial Sloan Kettering Neuropsychologist & Child Psychologist Stephen Sands
Stephen A. Sands

Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology

Social Work
Long-Term Follow-Up