UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

San Francisco and Oakland, CA, USA
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The Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, harnesses the power of world-class experts from all disciplines related to child brain health, including neurology, neurosurgery, neurocritical care, neurogenetics, neuro-oncology, rehabilitation, neuroradiology, neuropsychology, and psychiatry. The neurology and neurosurgery specialties at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals ranked #15 in the country in the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report annual survey of Best Children’s Hospitals.

The Center cares for more than 100 patients per year including expert opinions from patients around the world. Many of our patients are being enrolled in innovative clinical trials through the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC). Drs. Prados and Mueller from UCSF are leading the PNOC – an international clinical trial consortium with 19 sites in the US, as well as sites in Australia, Europe, Israel and India.

A specific research focus at UCSF is CNS directed delivery such as convection enhanced delivery and the use of ultrasound to disrupt the blood brain barrier. Further, UCSF is developing immunotherapy trials for children with brain tumors with a focus on children with diffuse midline gliomas.

Further, we have dedicated research projects to elucidate the underlying genetic signatures in patients experiencing late effects.


Schuyler Stoller | Clinical Research Coordinator


meet the



Hideho Okada, MD, PhD

As a physician scientist, I have been dedicated to brain tumor immunology and development of effective immunotherapy for brain tumors for over 20 years. My team was one of very first to discover cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) epitopes in glioma-associated and glioma-specific neoantigens, and found cri


Aaron Diaz, PhD

Cancer Biology & Cell SignalingDevelopmental & Stem Cell Biology

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Scientific Committee

Executive Board

Scientific co-Chair

Michael Prados, MD

Michael Prados began his career in Neuro-Oncology as a Fellow at the University of California San Francisco in 1985. Following a two year training program, he was recruited to the Faculty in 1988 and has remained at UCSF since that time, and holds the Charles B Wilson Chair in Neurosurgery. His care


Scientific Committee

Executive Board

Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD

Dr. Sabine Mueller is a pediatric neuro-oncologist who specializes in caring for children with brain tumors and related genetic syndromes. Before completing medical school, she worked as a scientist, director of genomics and project leader for a brain tumor program at AGY Therapeutics, a biotechnolo


Site Coordinator

Schuyler Stoller, BA

I’ve been working with the CBTN since January 2018, and have enjoyed the continued opportunity to work with such an incredible group. At UCSF, I assist with six projects in the field of pediatric neuro-oncology.


Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD

Dr. Alvarez-Buylla is internationally renowned for his work in developmental neuroscience and stem-cell neurobiology research. His principal research interests are in neurogenesis of the adult mammalian brain, neural stem cell regulation, the origin of brain tumors and brain repair. His work contrib


Annette Molinaro, PhD

Dr. Molinaro's research interest and expertise are focused on developing and implementing statistical and machine learning methods in cancer research, spanning basic research, translational, and clinical studies. In her current roles as the Director of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics for the U


David Raleigh, MD, PhD

Dr. Raleigh is a radiation oncologist who specializes in the treatment and investigation of central nervous system tumors in adult and pediatric patients.In addition to clinical care, Dr. Raleigh leads several research projects, with a focus on studying the biologic processes that cause brain tumors


Jarod Roland, MD

Dr. Roland is a neurosurgeon who cares for children of all ages. He addresses a wide variety of neurological conditions, including brain and spinal cord tumors. He uses a number of surgical approaches, from traditional open procedures to less invasive options. To ensure the best treatment plan for a


Bjoern Schwer, MD, PhD

The broad, long-term objective of the Schwer laboratory is to gain mechanistic insight into how the interrelated processes of DNA repair, chromatin regulation, and transcriptional regulation, affect normal brain physiology and disorders. More specifically, Dr. Schwer investigates mechanisms of chrom


David Solomon, MD, PhD

Dr. Solomon is a neuropathologist, molecular neuro-oncologist, and cancer researcher with a dedicated interest in the genetic alterations that drive cancer development and progression. He serves as the Director of Molecular Neuro-Oncology responsible for all genomic testing performed on brain and sp


William Weiss, MD, PhD

Dr. Weiss’s research focuses on developing and characterizing mouse models that faithfully recapitulate the biology and genetics of human tumors of the nervous system, and using observations in the mouse to inform the biology, genetics, and therapy of human tumors.Specifically, the Weiss Laboratory