Our History


The UC Brain Tumor Center reflects a growing collaboration among the University of Cincinnati, UC Health University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC), and the UC Cancer Institute. Our center serves patients with every type of brain tumor and employs highly trained physicians and nurses in multiple specialties, including Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, and the Hematology-Oncology Division of Internal Medicine.

Our center was established in 1991 with a multidisciplinary structure and a mission to expand research efforts across medical and surgical specialties that focused on brain tumors. In 1998, with the establishment of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, the center was renamed the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Research and Treatment. Ten years later, in 2008, the UC College of Medicine and UC Medical Center committed more than $26 million toward expansion of the center, which was renamed the UC Brain Tumor Center.

The $26 million investment has enabled us to recruit additional clinicians and researchers, enhance and enlarge our facilities, invest in new technology, expand laboratory, translational and clinical research, and broaden services to our patients.

In 2011 we announced the formation of the Brain Tumor Molecular Therapeutics Program, whose researchers probe the biological mechanisms of cancer’s spread to the brain while striving to develop new therapies for treating brain metastasis. A total of $6.5 million—a $2 million gift from the Harold C. Schott Foundation and $4.5 million in additional funds from the UC College of Medicine—was committed to build an interdisciplinary translational research and patient care program dedicated exclusively to brain metastasis.

In 2012 we opened the nation’s first acuity-adjustable unit for neurosurgical patients. The unit is located on the hospital’s fourth floor and primarily serves patients who are recovering from brain tumor surgery. The unit enables a patient to stay in a single room during recovery. Rather than having the patient move from room to room, the room’s technologies, monitoring systems and intensity of nursing care adjust to the acuteness, or severity, of the patient’s condition.

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