University of Nebraska Medical Center


Tumor surgery

The comprehensive neuro-oncology program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is centered in the NCI designated Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at Nebraska Medicine. Our fellowship-trained providers in neurosurgical oncology, medical neuro-oncology, neuroradiation oncology, neuropathology, neuroradiology make up the core of the multi-disciplinary program. Our goal is to ensure our trainees are appropriately educated in the diagnostics and therapeutics for primary or metastatic disease of the brain and spine in addition to skull base tumors.   

In our neurosurgery training program at UNMC, we provide our trainees with innovative approaches to treating benign and malignant brain, skull base, and spinal tumors and utilizing frontline surgical therapies such as:

  • Fluorescence guided surgery
  • Brachytherapy
  • MRI guided laser ablation (LITT)
  • Intraoperative navigation and ultrasound
  • Lesser invasive approaches with port systems and endoscopy
  • Intraoperative imaging
  • Robotic assistance
  • Investigator initiated clinical trials
  • Intraoperative brain mapping (asleep and awake)

Our educational program focuses on collaboration with other departments, colleagues and patients.  This is underscored with our weekly tumor board conference and integration of plans with outside providers which establishes training for our residents and medical students to work with multiple disciplines.  



Neuro-Oncology Faculty

Professor, UNMC Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain and Spine Cancer Center, Nebraska Medicine

Michele R. Aizenberg, MD