Brain Tumor Surgery

Patient-Focused Care

The Yale Brain Tumor Surgery Program and the Neurosurgical Oncology Program provides comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, leading edge treatment options, thorough follow-up and compassionate, psychosocial support for individuals with all types of brain tumors. All patients are welcome, whether they are newly diagnosed or have already received extensive treatment elsewhere. 

The patient is the focus of all of the diagnosis and treatment skills Yale's interdisciplinary team of specialists brings to the service. A team of experts dedicated to caring for patients with brain tumors, including specialized brain tumor surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, medical neuro-oncologists, neuropathologists and others, meet weekly at a Tumor Board Conference to arrive at the most advanced and appropriate treatment plan for each individual. In addition, Yale is one of the few centers capable of offering even more personalized and precise oncologic care, when appropriate, based on the genetic make-up of the individual’s tumor.

State-of-the-art Care

The state-of-the-art Neurosurgical operating rooms in Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital are the only of its kind in the region to offer intraoperative MRI, intraoperative angiography, stereotactic surgical guidance and operative brain mapping. These technologies combined with the surgical expertise of physicians specialized in performing brain tumor surgery provide the best in surgical care for patients. Because of Yale's research mission, our practitioners are well acquainted with the most advanced treatment methods and access to clinical trials. Patients also benefit from the specialized resources at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale-New Haven Hospital, such as an advanced neurological intensive care unit (NICU) with a dedicated ICU team, as well as the latest imaging technologies.

Referral Coordination

Calls from referring physicians, patients or their families are handled by experienced clinical care coordinators. These coordinators ensure that appropriate appointments are made quickly, with new patients with brain tumors being seen in the neurosurgical oncology clinic of the Smilow Cancer Hospital within a few days. The care coordinators also serve as the patient's liaison with the various medical specialists who are involved in each treatment plan.

Specialized Yale brain tumor surgeons maintain a close working relationship with physicians practicing in the community. They welcome referrals and readily offer opinions, supplying physicians with regular reports on diagnostic findings, treatment recommendations and patient outcomes. For more information and to make an appointment.

Brain Tumor Surgeons

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Joseph Piepmeier, MD, FAANS


Nixdorff-German Professor of Neurosurgery

Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, Neurosurgery

Chief, Brain Tumor Surgery

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Veronica Chiang, MD, FAANS

Professor of Neurosurgery

Associate Vice Chair of Academic Affairs

Director, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Director, Gamma Knife Center, YNHH

Director, Stereotactic Radiosurgery Fellowship

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Jennifer Moliterno, MD, FAANS

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Clinical Program Leader, Brain Tumor Program

Brain Tumor Surgery

Associate Residency Program Director

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Sacit Bulent Omay, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Special Programs

While our brain tumor surgeons have vast experience and expertise, practicing solely in a highly focused and specific area, we offer Special Programs with special attention.

  • Primary Brain Tumors
    • Neurosurgical Oncology
    • Gliomas and Glioblastomas
  • Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
    • Acoustic Neuromas
    • Pituitary Tumors
  • Meningiomas
  • Metastatic Brain Tumors

Conditions We Treat

Gliomas Meningiomas
Pituitary Tumors Metastases
Acromegaly Prolactinoma
Acoustic Neuromas Vestibular Schwannomas


Many patients are directed to Yale by their neurosurgeons because their problem is unusual or extremely complicated. Patients may also refer themselves. Patients are seen quickly usually within two weeks of calling the department. All patients referred to Yale benefit from the multi-disciplinary team approach that is an essential feature of our practice. Our surgeons maintain a close working relationship with many area neurosurgeons and welcome referrals. Care is taken to ensure the referring physician is kept current on diagnostic findings and treatment recommendations.

Contact Information

Administrative Assistant: 

Susan Gehrmann: (203)-785-2791

Andrea Laudano, APRN, MSN 

Anne Long, RN 

The Michael S. Voynick Lecture in Neuro-Oncology

In 1997 the Michael S. Voynick Lecture was established through the generosity of Irene Voynick in honor of Michael S Voynick. The Voynick Lecture is administered by Joseph M. Piepmeier, M.D.