Neuro-Oncology Center - Brain, Skull Base and Spine Tumors 

The Neuro-Oncology Center at the Walter and Michelle Stys Neuroscience Institute at Wolfson Children's Hospital offers advanced treatment and comprehensive care for children and young adults ages 0-21 with complex brain, skull base or spinal tumors.

Our multidisciplinary medical staff is comprised of nationally recognized pediatric subspecialists with Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital is ranked as one the 50 Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery care by U.S. News & World Report.

Conditions We Treat

  • Astrocytomas
  • Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (AT/RT)
  • Brainstem gliomas
  • CNS germ-cell
  • Chordoma/chondrosarcoma
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Ependyomas
  • Hodgkins
  • Low-grade gliomas
  • Medullablastomas
  • Meningiomas
  • Primitive neuro-ectodermal tumors (PNET)

Diagnostic and Treatment Capabilities

  • 3T MRI and Functional MRI
  • Intraoperative MRI (iMRI)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Dedicated pediatric neurosurgical operating suite
  • Neuroscience inpatient unit
  • Outpatient care
  • Radiation therapy
  • Proton therapy at the University of Florida Pediatric Proton Therapy Institute
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Other therapeutic agents (enrollment into new clinical trials)

Making an Appointment

If you are a patient or family member and would like to make an appointment or for more information please call us at 904.202.NEURO (6387).

Making a Referral

We welcome referrals and inquiries from physicians. To request an appointment, for more information, or make a referral, please call us at 904.202.NEURO (6387) or email us at

For direct inpatient transfers, please call the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Transfer Center at 904.202.KIDS (5437) or 1.877.240.KIDS (5437).

Recognitions and Accreditations

U.S. News & World Report's 50 Best Children's Hospitals for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Accredited Pediatric Cancer Program, American College of Surgeons (ACoS)

Accredited Pediatric Bone and Marrow Transplantation Program, Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)

Our Team

Our multidisciplinary medical staff is comprised of nationally recognized pediatric sub-specialists from the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic Florida.

Philipp R. Aldana, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Co-Medical Director, Stys Neuroscience Institute
Medical Director, Lucy Gooding Children’s Neurosurgery Center

Alexandra D. Beier, DO
Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Ricardo A. Hanel, MD
Vascular Neurosurgeon
Lyerly Neurosurgery and Wolfson Children’s Hospital

Daniel Indelicato, MD
Director, Pediatric Radiotherapy Program
UF Health Proton Therapy Institute

Michael J. Joyce, MD, PhD
Co-Medical Director, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program with Mayo Clinic
Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville

Ali Saad, MD
Southeastern Pathology Associates

Eric S. Sandler, MD
Pediatric Medical Oncologist
Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville

Nathan J. Ranalli, MD
Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Clinics and Tumor Boards

Meetings (or boards) comprised of pediatric specialists in all areas of neuro-oncology are held weekly and monthly to discuss current cases, recommended treatment options and outcomes, using the power of collaboration to pinpoint the most effective, individualized, evidence-based treatment plan for each patient. The Neuroscience/Radiology Board meets weekly, and is comprised of pediatric specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, radiation and medical oncology, neuropsychology and neuroradiology. Monthly, the Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board meets, and depending on the expertise needed for an individual case, may include pediatric specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, medical and radiation oncology, radiation oncology, neuro-oncology, endovascular neurosurgery, endocrinology, interventional radiology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, orthopedic oncology, physical and medical rehabilitation, surgery, oncology, critical care and neuroscience nursing, social services, rehabilitation, child life, and food and nutrition.

A comprehensive, multidisciplinary Neuro-Oncology Clinic follows up with childhood cancer survivors every three months.

Consult Service for Second Opinions

The Stys Neuroscience Institute welcomes requests for a consultation on any pediatric neurological or neuro-oncological condition. To request this service, please call 904.202.NEURO (6387) or email to and you will be contacted within 24-48 business hours.

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