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BTF is a critical lifeline for those who suffer from brain tumors.

Our Mission
greybarThe Brain Tumor Foundation supports the whole patient by addressing their social, financial and emotional needs.
BTF raises awareness among medical professionals and the public about the need for the early detection of brain tumors while continuing to offer support groups, medical referrals, and informational events. The Foundation’s expertise, compassion and resources ensure that brain tumor patients have a powerful ally in their fight against this disease.

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Patrick J. Kelly, the Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) guides and supports patients and families during the turbulent times when their lives are touched by a brain tumor.

The Road to Early Detection Campaign, an initiative of the Brain Tumor Foundation, was launched to promote the early detection of brain tumors and brain scan screenings. The initial pilot program reached out to communities – particularly those under-served in the five boroughs of New York City.

Based on New York’s success, the Brain Tumor Foundation launched the National Sponsor-A-City Tour component beginning with Boston, continuing on to Philadelphia, New York, and Las Vegas. Additional cities are scheduled to be visited in the coming months.

In collaboration with a multi-disciplinary research team at Columbia University and the Mailman School for Public Health — comprised of experts in oncology, cancer epidemiology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery and neurology — BTF is gathering key information to help us better understand the relationship between patient factors and brain tumors.

Although MRI screening for brain tumors is not considered part of standard preventive care, we hope that our research examining the brain scans of thousands of individuals around the country will shed new light on brain tumors allowing for more effective treatment options and the prevention of this dreaded disease.

Number of people in the United States
diagnosed with a brain or central nervous system tumor this year
Your Support Team
brain tumor quoteCatching brain tumors when they are small gives many more options. Over half of all brain tumor patients could have their tumors successfully removed if detected early, before symptoms become apparent. The only way to detect a tumor early is with an MRI brain scan.– Dr. Patrick J. Kelly

The Brain Tumor Foundation offers patients information on treatment options and referrals to appropriate clinical trials or brain tumor centers throughout the country.

The Foundation works in association with patient, caregiver and family support groups nationwide, as well as with doctors and researchers at the forefront of finding the best and most effective treatments for brain tumors.

BTF also produces informational events and utilizes social media outlets to dispense important medical updates, brain tumor news and alerts to patients and their families.

BTF President Philip E. Stieg, PhD, MD

Tribute Dinner 2019

Over 700,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. That’s a huge patient population. It’s the equivalent of breast cancer, and more than Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. All of these diseases are receiving an incredible amount of public attention. It is our goal at the Brain Tumor Foundation to get the word out about the prevalence of this devastating disease.

– Dr. Michael Schulder

Dr. Michael Schulder, Vice Chair of Neurosurgery at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell is the Foundation’s President.

Dr. Schulder is the Director of the Brain Tumor Center of the Northwell Neuroscience Institute, Director of the Neurosurgery Residency Program at the Zucker School of Medicine; and Co-Director of the Center for Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Northwell’s Cancer Institute. Dr. Schulder is the immediate past president of the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, as well as a past president of the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He is also the founding Vice-President of the Intraoperative Imaging Society; a Director of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, of which
he also is the Historian; and an elected member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery and the Society of Neurological Surgeons. His research and publications have focused primarily on new techniques for image-guided surgery, including intraoperative MRI. He was the editor of AANS Neurosurgeon from 2010 to 2017.

His current research focuses on minimally invasive surgical techniques for patients with brain tumors, including stereotactic radiosurgery and laser interstitial thermal therapy. He also is working on developing new technology for intraoperative MRI. Other current duties include serving on several editorial boards including the Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, and Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. He is
the Secretary/Treasurer of the New York Society for Neurosurgery.

President Emeritus Dr. Philip E. Stieg

Dr. Stieg is Chairman of Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Chairman and Founder of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, which is the leading neuroscience patient care center in New York City. He is a widely published author and internationally known lecturer, and for more than 20 years has been consistently named one of the nation’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly.

New York City’s interdisciplinary neuroscience patient care center for the comprehensive treatment of Central Nervous System diseases was founded by Dr. Stieg. The Center’s research program enrolls thousands of patients in clinical trials for novel treatments ranging from degenerative lumbar disc and cognitive impairment to Parkinson’s, Brain Tumors and Epilepsy utilizing the latest therapies in precision medicine. In 2014, he launched the first neuromedical-staffed Concussion Center in New York.

Dr. Stieg also serves as a sideline consultant for the National Football League and a consulting neurosurgeon to the New York Giants, as well as an advisor to the Department of Defense on traumatic brain injury in the military.

brain tumor quoteWe routinely check for lung, breast, colon, prostate and other cancers – why not brain tumors? Early detection is the best insurance that treatment will be effective and more lives will be saved.-Michael Schreiber

BTF Chairman Michael Schreiber

Michael Schreiber became determined to help brain tumor patients and their families after living through his own father’s battle with a brain tumor. He has been actively involved in all aspects of BTF since its inception in 1998.

An influential business and community leader, Michael is President of Royal Farms, a privately owned real estate management firm. Under his leadership BTF has created and implemented many innovative programs including the unprecedented Road to Early Detection initiative, and most recently, the national expansion of that campaign, Sponsor-A-City.

Founding President Patrick J. Kelly, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Patrick J. Kelly is the retired Joseph Ransohoff Professor of Neurosurgery at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly is an internationally recognized authority on brain tumor surgery, and a pioneer in stereotactic neurosurgery and computer application in neurosurgery.

Over his long career he has operated on more than 7,500 brain tumors and has seen firsthand the devastation these malignancies – almost always caught too late for effective treatment – can inflict on patients and loved ones. Dr. Kelly is a recipient of the Karolinska Institute’s prestigious Olivecrona Prize, the World Federation of Neurological Societies’ Scoville Achievement Award and the Irish Sir Peter Freyer Medal. Dr. Kelly is past President of the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, was Vice President of the World Society of Stereotactic Functional Neurosurgery and a Member of the Medical Advisory Council of the Association for Brain Tumor Research. He has authored more than 230 scientific and clinical papers and book chapters and served on the editorial boards of Neurosurgery, Surgical Neurology, Journal of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Neurological Research.

In 1998 Dr. Kelly helped give a focus and voice to the fight against brain cancer by forming the nonprofit Brain Tumor Foundation. He was also the visionary behind the Road to Early Detection campaign, through which BTF has worked to educate medical professionals and the public about the need for the early detection of brain tumors.

Board of Directors
brain tumor quoteI am one of the lucky ones. My brain tumor was discovered in its early stages which absolutely played a role in my survival.-Thomas A. Donovan

Michael Schulder, M.D., President

Michael Schreiber, BTF Chairman

Patrick J. Kelly, M.D., F.A.C.S., Founding President

Philip E. Stieg Ph.D, M.D., President Emeritus

Michael Amo

Rhonda Barad

Mary Jo Brown

Thomas A. Donovan

John Golfinos, M.D.

Jaime Hersh

Barbara LaVallee

Sandy Markowitz

Jodi Roth

Anthony Scaramucci

Ted Schwartz, MD

Mark M. Souweidane, MD

Scientific Advisory Board
greybarBTF’s Scientific Advisory Board is an incredible resource and an even greater reservoir of knowledge and guidance for patients and their families.

Armando Basso, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.

University of Buenos Aires

Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
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Mitchel S. Berger, M.D., F.A.C.S. , F.A.A.N.S.

UCSF Department of Neurosurgery

Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery
Berthold and Belle N. Guggenhime Endowed Chair
Director  Brain Tumor Surgery Program
Director Neurosurgical Research Centers, Brain Tumor Research Center
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Giovanni Broggi, M.D.

Istituto O.Galeazzi, Milan, Italy

Department of Neurosurgery, Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta of Milano, Milan and
Department of Neurosurgery
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Jeffrey N. Bruce, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Columbia University Medical Center

Edgar M. Housepian Professor of Neurological Surgery
Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs
Director, Bartoli Brain Tumor Research Laboratory
Co-Director, Brain Tumor Center
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Peter Burger, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Medical Center

Professor of Pathology, Neurosurgery and Oncology
Director of Surgical Neuropathology
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J.P. Chodkiewicz, M.D.

Sainte Anne Hospital, Paris, France


Catherine Daumas-Duport, M.D.

Sainte Anne Hospital, Paris, France

Neuroscience Oncology and Pathology
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Bernadine Donahue, M.D.

Maimonides Medical Center

Vice Chair & Clinical Director, Radiation Oncology
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Mark R. Gillbert, M.D.

NIH National Cancer Institute

Chief, Neuro-Oncology Branch
Senior Investigator
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John G. Golfinos, M.D., A.B.

NYU Langone Medical Center

Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
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Tessa Hedley-Whyte, M.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital

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Frederick F. Lang, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.N.S.

University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Professor (tenure)
Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery
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Edward Laws, M.D.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Director, Pituitary and Neuroendocrine Center
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Jay Loeffler, M.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Chief, Radiation Oncology
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Robert L. Martuza, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Massachusetts General Hospital

William and Elizabeth Sweet Professor of Neuroscience
Department of Surgery (Neurosurgery)
Harvard Medical School
Chief Neurosurgical Service
Attending Neurosurgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital
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Douglas C. Miller, M.D.

University of Missouri School of Medicine

Clinical Professor of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
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Alfred Neugut, M.D.

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Myron M. Studner Professor of Cancer Research (In Medicine)
at Columbia University Medical Center
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Christoph Ostertag, M.D.

Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany

Professor of Neurosurgery
Chairman Emeritus
Dept. of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
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Susan C. Pannullo, M.D.

Weill Cornell Medical Center/Brain and Spine Center

Director of Neuro-oncology and Director of Neurosurgical Radiosurgery
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Jon Robertson, M.D.

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Chairmanship Emeritus, Department of Neurosurgery
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Jane Roskams, M.D.

Allen Institute for Brain Science

Executive Director
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Zoology
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Gail L. Rosseau, M.D.

NorthShore Medical Group

Director, Skull Base Surgery
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Theodore H. Schwartz, M.D.

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center

Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Otolaryngology
Director, Center for Epilepsy and Pituitary Surgery
Co-Director, Surgical Neuro-oncology
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David Thomas, M.D.

Riddle Memorial Hospital, Center for Neuroscience, PA

Campus Chief of Medicine
Chief of Neurology and
Founder/President of The Center for Neuroscience
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