The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke

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In the past seventy-five years, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke has built a global reputation as a Center of Excellence in brain tumor research, treatment, and patient and family care.

Our history of success, aided by the work of our Board of Advisors and Community Partners, continues to evolve as we translate findings from the laboratory to the clinic, where more than 750 adult and 120 pediatric newly referred patients turn to us each year for help. You can keep up with the discoveries in our news section. And, if you are a physician, a scientist, or a student interested in joining our venture in neuro-oncology, you can find information about our fellowships and internships here.

At Duke . . . there is Hope.



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A History of Innovation

We began our work in earnest in the early 1940s, when the world’s first neuropathology tumor laboratory and one of the first multi-disciplinary clinics for cancer was founded at Duke University by Guy Odom, MD. By the early 1950’s, Barnes Woodhall, MD, who later became dean of the medical school and university chancellor, was one of the first physicians to use chemotherapy for brain tumors. Together, these pioneers built a foundation for today’s brain tumor clinic. Read more about our history.