Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Portland, Oregon, USA
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The mission of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is to promote the well-being of children and adolescents with brain tumors and spinal cord tumors by ensuring excellence in patient care, education, and research. Our patients and their families are our top priority and we provide the comprehensive care that they need, with expert physicians in multiple sub-specialties as well as staff who meet the needs that go beyond the medical and surgical treatments. We are recognized as one of the leading childhood brain tumor programs on the West Coast, and are partnering with the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC) to pave the way toward better treatments. OHSU Doernbecher ranks among the nation’s top hospitals for Cancer and Neurosurgery/Neurology in U.S. News & World Report.

The diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for children and adolescents with central nervous system (CNS) tumors and cancers can be complex, and the best possible outcomes are achieved when the patient is under the care of a team of experts. Coordination is required between pediatric neuro-oncology, pediatric neurosurgery, radiation medicine, neuroradiology, neuropathology, ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric neurology, pediatric endocrinology, neuropsychology, and our Survivorship Team. Pediatric neuro-oncology is the home base for this coordinated care, and the team includes two pediatric neuro-oncologists, as well as a dedicated nurse practitioner, outpatient clinic nurse, medical social worker, school teacher/liaison, scheduler, clinical research associate, and an administrative coordinator. The team strives to recognize the individual journey that each patient and family is on, to join with them, offer them the best possible medical care, and tailor their all-around care to their child’s specific needs.


Obi Obayashi | Clinical Research Coordinator