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.

Pediatric Neuro Oncology and Neurology
Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric neuro-oncologist Matthias Karajannis
Matthias A. Karajannis

Chief, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Service

Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric oncologist Ira Dunkel
Ira J. Dunkel
Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric oncologist Stephen Gilheeney
Stephen W. Gilheeney

Program Director, Pediatric Neuro-oncology Fellowship

Memorial Sloan Kettering Pediatric Neurologist & Neuro-Oncologist Yasmin Khakoo
Yasmin Khakoo

Director, Child Neurology Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering Pediatric Oncologist Kim Kramer
Kim Kramer
Advanced Practice Providers
Maria Donzelli
Maria Donzelli

Nurse Practitioner

Cheryl Fischer
Cheryl Fischer

Nurse Practitioner

Mary Petriccione, BSN, MSN, CPNP
Mary Petriccione

Nurse Practitioner

Memorial Sloan Kettering nurse practitioner Stephanie Vitolano
Stephanie Vitolano

Nurse Practitioner

Pediatric Neurosurgery
Pediatric Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering pediatric surgeon J. Ted Gerstle
J. Ted Gerstle

Chief, Pediatric Surgical Service

Michael P. La Quaglia, MD, FACS, FRCS
Michael P. La Quaglia

Joseph H. Burchenal Chair in Pediatrics

Pediatric Radiation Oncology
Memorial Sloan Kettering radiation oncologist Suzanne Wolden
Suzanne L. Wolden

Director, Pediatric Radiation Oncology

Psychosocial Support
Memorial Sloan Kettering psychologist Marie Barnett
Marie E. Barnett


Laura Cimini
Laura Cimini


Memorial Sloan Kettering psychiatrist Megan Gilman
Megan Gilman


Julia A. Kearney, MD
Julia A. Kearney

Clinical Director, Pediatric PsychoOncology Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering child life specialist Brielle Napolitano
Brielle Napolitano

Child Life Specialist

Memorial Sloan Kettering child psychologist Stephen Sands
Stephen A. Sands

Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology

Memorial Sloan Kettering child life specialist Monica Slodowski
Monica Slodowski

Child Life Specialist

Juliana Yiu, CSW
Juliana Yiu

Social Worker

Clinical Trials Nurses
Jeanette Enriquez
Jeanette Enriquez

Nurse Practitioner

Teri Lynch
Teri Lynch

Nurse Practitioner