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University Neurologists - Oncology

Few diagnoses are more frightening than brain cancer, news that often sends patients searching the Internet and traveling great distances to receive the most advanced care.  Those patients can find care with the physicians in the Section of Neuro Oncology at Rush University Medical center. 

When treating brain tumors, the team at the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Brain Tumor Clinic at Rush collaborates to devise and implement treatment plans that are as gentle as possible on the patient while still providing the best possible outcomes. This combined approach ensures that every patient receives state-of-the-art care, tailored to his or her specific cancer, from some of the most experienced and qualified specialists in the area.  In addition, the center provides patients with opportunity to participate in clinical trials of promising new therapies not available anywhere else in Chicago.


Robert Aiken, MD, Neuro-Oncologist. Section head of Neuro-Oncology and Director of the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Brain and Tumor Clinic. He is a fellowship-trained neurologist with an appointment as associate professor. He is board-certified in neurology. Dr. Aiken completed his residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and his residency in neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University. He received his fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

His Clinical expertise focuses on brain tumors and neuro-oncology. His research interests include clinical trials of therapies for brain tumors, developmental therapeutics, evaluation of novel agents for treatment of brain tumors, developmental cancer therapeutics, and early transitional therapeutics.


Nina Paleologos, MD, Neuro-Oncologist. She is a fellowship-trained neurologist who is board certified in neurology. Dr. Paleologos completed her residency in neurology at Rush University Medical Center followed by a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Evanston Hospital.

Her clinical expertise focuses on brain tumors, brain tumor imaging, meningioma, neuro-oncology, spinal tumor, systemic cancer, and neurologic complications. Her research interests include neuro-oncology clinical trials and novel treatments for brain tumors.


At Rush, we offer personalized care for our patients with all types of cancerous and noncancerous brain tumors, including:

  • Gliomas (such as astrocytomas, brain stem gliomas, ependymomas, optic nerve gliomas and oligodendrogliomas)
  • Metastatic tumors (cancer that has spread to the brain from another part of the body)
  • Meningiomas
  • Schwannomas
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNET)
  • Medulloblastomas
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Pineal region tumors

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University Neurologists -- Neuro-Oncology, Chicago, IL.
1725 W. Harrison St.
Professional Building I
Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-4500
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