Our Program

The Neuro-Oncology Program at Keck Medical Center of USC and the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles has an internationally recognized team of expert clinicians and renowned researchers who are focused on giving our patients real hope in the battle against cancer. Using the latest treatments, research and breakthroughs, we are committed to providing the best care possible.

Brain and spinal tumors, like many other cancers, come in a great variety of types, each necessitating a different approach to treatment that may require medical, surgical or radiological intervention. As a result, an effective neuro-oncology program requires expertise in all of these therapeutic modalities. This expertise is available at the USC Neuro-Oncology Program.

Our multidisciplinary team of physicians is comprised of internationally renowned specialists in neuro-oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology and neurosurgery who provide patients with expertise across a broad range of diagnostic and treatment options. This close collaboration among our team members gives patients convenient access to personalized care in one location.

Our physicians, as faculty at one of the most respected university-based medical institutions in the country, stay up-to-date with research that allows them to diagnose the most difficult cases. Their research also leads to groundbreaking clinical trials that offer innovative and promising therapies. Our esteemed, compassionate physicians and researchers will work with you to develop a personalized plan for your care, including access to clinical trials not available elsewhere.

As one among many diagnostic and treatment options we offer, advanced neuro-navigational technology and stereotactic devices more accurately localize brain tumors. This system helps reduce the size of incisions and length of hospital stay and improve patient recovery. We also offer advanced procedures to ensure the preservation of speech and motor function. Our program offers novel clinical trials that can lead to more effective treatments in the fight against these tumors. Using advanced imaging and genetic profiling we are able to determine an individualized treatment plan for each of our patients.

We offer advanced treatments such as:

  • CyberKnife®
  • GammaKnife®
  • Interventional neuro-radiology
  • MR Profusion
  • MR Spectroscopy
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Our Approach

Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients with brain tumors brings together experts across the spectrum of clinical care, including neuro-oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology and neurosurgery. Your care team meets weekly with a board of specialists who confer on your specific condition and circumstances to develop and monitor a comprehensive treatment plan tailored your individual situation. When you have the advantage of care from a coordinated team, you’ll receive some of the latest treatments, see esteemed physicians and benefit from attention to detail on a personal level.

We are the only center in Southern California offering all three radiation oncology options – CyberKnife®, GammaKnife® and TrueBeam™ Stx ¬¬– in the same facility, giving our patients a wider range of options than any other institution in the area.
Considered one of the most significant developments in neurosurgery, the CyberKnife® is designed to deliver sufficient radiation to destroy the tumor while sparing adjacent, normal tissue. We also offer TrueBeam™ Stx radiosurgery, which uses sophisticated imaging and tools to visualize soft tissue during treatment and customize treatment accordingly.

Our Physicians

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Thomas C. Chen, MD, PhD

Practicing Locations

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
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Patrick C. Hsieh, MD

Practicing Locations

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
  • USC Healthcare Center 2
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Naveed Wagle, MD

Practicing Locations

  • Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
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Gabriel Zada, MD

Practicing Locations

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital