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Brain Tumor Program

Roukoz Chamoun

Mission Statement

The goal of the KU Brain Tumor Team is to treat each brain tumor with the most effective way possible. Many times treatment begins with surgery, but our care does not stop there. Our vast group of clinicians including neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional neuroradiologists all work towards one goal, offering the best treatment possible. Our close relationship to The University of Kansas Cancer Center helps patients get to the next step.


KU Neurosurgery utilizes state-of-the-art technology including image-guided neuronavigation systems, functional MRI, "awake" intraoperative surgery, and more. The department also uses cutting edge neurosurgical techniques including endoscopic and transsphenoidal procedures.

The Department of Neurosurgery is involved with using the latest technology: laser thermablation-NeuroBlate. The technology focuses heat therapy to the tumor while leaving the surrounded tissues uninjured. The procedure requires placement of a special probe into the tumor and then under direct MRI guidance the surgeon is able to watch the thermal energy enter the tumor. It is most useful for tumors that are deep in the brain such as the thalamus, recurrent metastases after radiation treatment, and recurrent glioblastomas. The University of Kansas Hospital is involved in a national study testing this new technology.

We strive to improve brain tumor treatments by participating with pioneering research. Multiple clinical trials are actively ongoing (learn more). Patients are discussed at the Multidisciplinary Tumor Board. The KU Brain Tumor Team also actively collaborates with basic scientists at KU.

Right temporal glioma

 Olfactory Groove Meningioma




This patient (above) presented with a large right temporal
glioma (an intrinsic tumor of the brain). Another patient (right)
presented with an olfactory groove meningioma (an extra-
axial tumor of the brain).


Skull Base Neurosurgery

The KU Skull Base Neurosurgery Team specializes in pituitary and skull base tumors. Led by Paul Camarata, M.D., and Roukoz Chamoun, M.D., the team offers the most advanced and highly specialized treatment of these tumors. The KU Skull Base Neurosurgery Team is composed of neurosurgeons & otolaryngologists (ENT). The team frequently takes care of acoustic neuromas, meningiomas, pituitary tumors, and other skull base tumors.

Our team uses contemporary technology including microsurgery, radiosurgery, and minimally invasive approaches to provide our patients with the most effective and safe care allowing for the best outcomes and quality of life.

The KU Skull Base Neurosurgery Team uses a patient-centered approach to brain tumor treatment. We approach each patient with compassion and our multidisciplinary specialists provide highly individualized expert care that views each circumstance with the patient and their family at the center of diagnostic and treatment decisions.

Last modified: Jan 15, 2019
Patient Care

KU Brain Tumor surgeons:

Call 913-588-6122 to make an appointment with one of these doctors.


KU Brain Tumor Team participates in brain tumor research from the bench to the bedside. We collaborate regularly with basic scientists to physician colleagues in various fields. The Neurosurgery Team participated in a trial which uses vaccine therapies for intracranial gliomas.