Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

As one of the world’s leading brain and spine tumor centers, we’re constantly working to develop and deliver the most advanced treatment options to patients across the Chicago area. Our experts offer brain and spine tumor care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, nationally ranked in cancer, neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report, 2023-2024.


Appointments and Second Opinions

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If you need to see a specialist in neurology and neurosurgery, choose a leader who is bringing breakthrough medicine to patients across Chicagoland — and around the world. And we’re closer than you think — just one mile east of the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is proud to be ranked among the top 10 in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery for 11 straight years, per U.S. News & World Report, 2023-2024.

Supported by a leading research program, our physician-scientists are defining the future of neurology and neurosurgery. We are developing new standards of care to improve survival and quality of life for our patients.

When you choose Northwestern Medicine, your care will be directed by a highly experienced team that includes experts with international reputations for excellence. Our goal is to deliver the best possible outcomes for even the most difficult diagnoses while prioritizing your unique needs.

Get a Second Opinion From a Leader in Neurology and Neurosurgery

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What to Expect

After you complete the form, one of our patient liaisons will email or call you within two business days. They will ask you basic questions about your diagnosis and recent treatments. They may ask for the date of your most recent MRI or CT scan.

After you schedule an appointment, we may ask you to bring your medical records with you. If you do not have your records, or do not know how to get them, our patient liaison can help.

Your second opinion appointment will last about one hour. A nurse will review your medical history to learn about your condition. Then, you'll meet with a physician who specializes in your condition. They will ask you about your condition and how it impacts your life. The physician will also ask you about any the treatments you’ve received and the results of those.

You’ll leave with a detailed treatment plan for your specific condition. You can take as much time as you need to review and consider your plan. You do not need to make any more appointments unless you want to follow the proposed treatment plan.

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Request an Appointment at the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute

To request an appointment, please fill out the form below or call 312.971.8534. A member of our team will contact you to learn more and schedule an appointment.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain or spine tumor, complete the form to request an appointment at the Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute of Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A member of our team will contact you within two business days.

You should schedule an appointment if:

  • You have a newly diagnosed or recurrent brain or spine tumor.
  • You want to choose a surgeon who specializes in your tumor type so you can maximize your chance of having a successful first surgery.
  • Your physician gives you few treatment options. Surgery is not always the best choice, and there may be nonsurgical treatment options available to you.
  • Your physician is not a brain or spine tumor specialist. You may want a second opinion from a surgeon who specializes in your type of tumor.
  • You want the range of available treatment options explained by someone else.
  • You want to feel confident about your diagnosis and treatment plan.