Advisors

The ABTA relies on leaders and experts in the brain tumor community to make sure the work we do is meaningful and accurate. Our Scientific Advisory Council makes research funding recommendations to the ABTA board of directors, and also advises the ABTA about scientific trends and new areas of research. Our Clinical Advisory Council reviews our brochures and other content we put into our programs and services to make sure everything is clinically up to date and evidence based.

Scientific Advisory Council

Kenneth Aldape, MD

Chief of the Laboratory of Pathology

Institution:
National Institutes of Health

Location:
Bethesda, Maryland

Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD

Professor and Sally S. Morley Designated Professor in Brain Tumor Research

Institution:
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Location:
Cleveland, OH

Priscilla Brastianos, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, CNS Metastasis Center

Institution:
Massachusetts General Hospital

Location:
Boston, MA

Steven Brem, MD

Professor and Co-Director, Penn Brain Tumor Center

Institution:
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Bruce, MD

Edgar M. Housepian Professor of Neurological Surgery and Co-Director, Brain Tumor Center

Institution:
Columbia University Medical Center

Location:
New York, New York

E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD

Harvey W. Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief and Chairman

Institution:
Brigham and Women’s and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Eric Holland, MD, PhD

Senior VP and Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Institution:
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine

Location:
Seattle, WA

Craig Horbinski, MD, PhD

Professor and Medical Director, Neuropathology Division

Institution:
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Location:
Chicago, IL

Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD

Chair and Professor of Translational Neuro-oncology and Neurotherapeutics

Institution:
Providence Saint John’s Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute

Location:
Santa Monica, California

John Laterra, MD, PhD

Co-Director, Brain Cancer Program and Professor, Department of Neurology, Neuroscience and Oncology

Institution:
John Hopkins University and Kennedy Krieger Research Institute

Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Minesh Mehta, MD

Deputy Director and Chief of Radiation Oncology

Institution:
Baptist Health South Florida and Cancer Institute

Location:
Miami, Florida

Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD

Phyllis Kottler Friedman Professor and Co-Director, Preston A. Wells, Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy

Institution:
University of Florida

Location:
Gainesville, FL

Jeremy Rich, MD, MHS, MBA

Director of Neuro-Oncology and Director of the Brain Tumor Institute 

Institution:
University of California, San Diego

Location:
San Diego, California

Martine Roussel, PhD

Endowed Chair in Molecular Oncogenesis and Co-Leader of the Cancer Biology Cancer Center Program

Institution:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Harald Sontheimer, PhD

Chair of the Department of Neuroscience

Institution:
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia

Erik Sulman, MD, PhD

Professor and Vice-Chair of Research and Co-Director, Brain Tumor Center

Institution:
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center and NYU Langone Health

Location:
New York, NY

Kyuson Yun, PhD

Assistant Professor, Kenneth R. Peak Brain & Pituitary Tumor Treatment Center 

Institution:
Houston Methodist Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College

Location:
Houston, TX

Clinical Advisory Committee

Manmeet Ahluwalia, MD, FACP, MBA

Deputy Director, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief of Solid Tumor Medical Oncology

Institution:
Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health South Florida

Location:
Miami, Florida

Jean Arzbaecher, RN, MS

Advanced Practice Nurse for Neuro-Oncology

Institution:
University of Illinois

Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Elizabeth B. Claus, MD, PhD

Professor of Biostatistics and Director of Medical Research, Yale School of Public Health and Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Institution:
Yale School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Location:
Boston, Massachusetts / New Haven, CT

Erin Dunbar, MD

Director of Neuro-Oncology

Institution:
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

Location:
Atlanta, GA

Mary Ann Laubacher, RN, MN

Retired Nurse, Clinical Focus on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, ABTA Mentor and Volunteer

Institution:
N/A

Location:
Marlborough, MA

Jeffrey S. Wefel, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor and Neuropsychology Section Chief

Institution:
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Location:
Houston, TX

Gabriel Zada, MD, FAANS, FACS

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Otolaryngology and Internal Medicine and Director, USC Brain Tumor Center

Institution:
USC Keck School of Medicine

Location:
Los Angeles, CA