Participating Sites

PNOC is proud of the exceptional commitment and work of our sites across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The teams at each of PNOC’s member hospitals are made up of specialists in different areas of pediatric brain tumor treatment – such as oncology, neurosurgery, and radiation therapy – who combine their expertise to optimize care for each patient. Each member institution contributes to the consortium’s goals by carrying out laboratory research, taking part in protocol design and development and treating patients on PNOC trials. 

Boston, MA

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is a world-renowned destination for children with malignant and non-malignant brain and spinal cord tumors. Our patients receive care from neurologists, neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons and pediatric subspecialists with extensive expertise in treating these types of childhood cancers.

Los Angeles, CA

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the United States and offers a new state-of-the-art hospital building that opened in July, 2011. For the fifth year in a row, our hospital has been named to the prestigious National Honor Roll by U.S. News & World Report rankings. CHLA is ranked fifth in the nation for cancer care on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals List.

San Francisco, California

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is recognized throughout the world as a leader in health care, known for innovation, technology and compassionate care. For more than a century, UCSF has offered the highest quality medical treatment. Today, it is one of the top children's hospitals in the nation, according to a ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

San Diego, CA

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at Rady Children’s Hospital and University of California San Diego consists of a multidisciplinary team from the Divisions of Neurosurgery, Hematology-Oncology, Neurology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, and Radiology. The Program has a strong translational research component that includes members from a variety of San Diego Institutions (UCSD Moores Cancer Center,Scripps Insitute, Sanford Burnham Institute) whose goal is to provide first class care in the area of pediatric neurooncology.

Salt Lake City, Utah

The University of Utah, located in Salt Lake City in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, is ranked as one of the top public research universities in the nation. The School of Medicine combines excellence in teaching, research, and clinical expertise, and is widely recognized for interdisciplinary research in diverse areas of leading-edge medicine, including cancer. The Huntsman Cancer Institute, including the Center for Children’s Cancer Research, is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.


Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. Children’s National is a Magnet® designated hospital. With 303 beds and eight regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the premier provider of acute pediatric services in the Washington metropolitan area.

Portland, Oregon

The mission of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is to promote the well-being of children and adolescents with brain tumors and spinal cord tumors by ensuring excellence in patient care, education, and research. Our patients and their families are our top priority and we provide the comprehensive care that they need, with expert physicians in multiple sub-specialties as well as staff who meet the needs that go beyond the medical and surgical treatments.

Chicago, IL

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. As the largest pediatric provider in the region with a 130 year legacy of excellence, kids and their families are at the center of all we do.


Since opening its doors as the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has been the setting for medical discoveries, innovations and breakthroughs that have benefited children throughout the world. Children's Hospital is ranked No. 1 on the U.S.News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals and No. 1 in Parents magazine’s 2013 survey of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals. These rankings reflect the Hospital’s steadfast commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare providers and pioneering major research initiatives.

Columbus, OH

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities.

St. Louis, MO

Founded in 1879, St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) is at the forefront of pediatric medicine, providing care for children around the world. As the pediatric teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), SLCH offers nationally recognized programs for training and research. Nationally recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S.

Seattle, WA

Seattle Children’s Cancer Center is consistently ranked among the top 10 pediatric cancer centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Seattle Children’s brain tumor team is a coordinated group of board certified specialists, including pediatric neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, nurse practitioners, radiation oncologists, neurologists, rehabilitation medicine physicians, neuropsychologists, nutritionists, social workers, neuro-pathologists and neuro-radiologists.

Memphis, TN

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to increase the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

Baltimore, MD

The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (PNO) Program at Johns Hopkins is part of the Division of Pediatric Oncology within the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.  National Cancer Institute designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center is the gold standard for cancer hospitals, and Johns Hopkins is the only one that has earned this designation in Maryland.  Care for children and young adults with brain and spinal cord tumors is coordinated through a multidisciplinary team of providers who focus their basic, translational and clinical research exclusively on pediatric brain tumo

Minneapolis, MN

Children’s Minnesota is an independent and not-for-profit health care system that provides comprehensive care exclusively for children and young adults.  Children’s Minnesota has two freestanding hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites.   Children’s has the largest pediatric neuro-oncology program in Minnesota, and provides inclusive and collaborative care for children and young adults diagnosed with all types of CNS tumors.

Houston, Texas

As the largest pediatric cancer center in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top pediatric cancer centers in the United States.

Minneapolis, MN

The Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology has been actively engaged in childhood cancer research and treatment for several decades. Since 1998, the Masonic Cancer Center (MCC) at the UMN has been an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2008, the MCC formalized existing cross-departmental collaborations and partnerships through the creation of a Brain Tumor Program Translational Working Group.

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida Shands Children’s Hospital is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the nation’s best, and our pediatric oncology program is the highest ranked program in Florida.  This recognition, combined with an overall mission to care for and support our patients and families, leads to advanced treatment with a personalized touch from our pediatric neuro-oncology team.

Toronto, Ontario

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one the largest hospital and research facility dedicated to childhood diseases in Canada and North America.  The  SickKids Garron Family Comprehensive Cancer Centre sees over 350 primary cancer cases per year including more than 100 new brain tumor patients, and  provides consultations for brain tumor patients worldwide.